Friday, October 10, 2008

The absolute BEST bicycle rental shop in Copenhagen.

First thing today, after sleeping in, we walked over to Baisikeli to rent bicycles. This is not your average bicycle rental business - they're a bicycle rental business with the mission of building a sustainable bicycle industry in Africa. The name is the swahili word for bicycle.

Baisikeli

They've already managed to engineer bicycle ambulances for use in Africa, and distribute bicycles to children so that they can get to school faster (which helps encourage the parents to let them take a break from working at home to attend). By simply choosing Baisikeli for your Copenhagen bicycle rental, you're supporting the delivery of thousands of bicycles to people who need transportation in Africa. It's such an easy choice - when you're in Copenhagen, you must rent here.

Baisikeli


They were brilliant, friendly and quick to outfit our chosen bicycles with baskets, lights and hand us the keys. The prices are extremely reasonable (see them here) and you can pop in and out with a bike in no time. They're also very conveniently located near Ørstedparken which is a lovely park just a few blocks from the main train station (København H.).

Ørstedparken

Henrik and Niels are the creators and owners of the project and, let me tell you - this is about helping people. It's about their vision for a better world. It's a powerful statement in a world where ego and get-rich schemes often dominate small business. They've made an ethical and moral choice - and Denmark should be so proud of these two native sons.

Baisikeli

If you're lucky enough to see Niel's beautiful little boy - you'll see that the Danes take to bikes at a very young age! He was ready to climb right out of the carriage and onto that shiny red one. More about Baisikeli in upcoming posts...

Baisikeli

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