Denmark launches scheme to donate bikes to Ukrainian refugees

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The Ministry of Transport has joined with the Cyclists’ Association to launch the ‘Give a Bicycle’ initiative where citizens can donate bikes to Ukrainian refugees.

Denmark’s Ministry of Transport has announced that they have teamed up with the Cyclists’ Association to create the ‘Give a Bicycle’ initiative, a scheme intended to provide Ukrainian refugees with free bikes.

Danish people can donate their old or unused bikes by uploading a photograph and information about its size and condition through the website. Ukrainians can request a bike via a form found on the same website, with volunteers on hand to deliver models to refugees when a donation and request match up.

Denmark launches scheme to donate bikes to Ukrainian refugees

The Danish Minister of Transport, Trine Bramsen, claims the initiative will give refugees freedom of movement in the country, thus helping them to become integrated within society and comfortable in their local communities. Jens Peter Hansen, The National Chairman of the Cyclists’ Association said, “We can make a difference. As cyclists, we know how the bicycle gives us the freedom to get around. I hope that many of our members and other volunteers have the desire and opportunity to help people who have had to leave everything.”

As well as offering a platform for donating and requesting bikes, the website also provides users with information about Danish cycling culture and traffic rules and requirements to ensure riders are kept safe at all times, while also keeping within the parameters of the law.

The website’s mission statement says, “Denmark is a cycling country, and the bicycle is an everyday means of transport for many Danes. Join us in welcoming Ukrainian refugees to Denmark and Danish cycling culture. Donate your own, used bicycle – and help newly arrived refugees from Ukraine get a bicycle so they can easily explore their new surroundings.”

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