Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, which teaches out-of-school youth skills that can be used especially for the country’s heritage conservation projects, recently partnered with BeSeekLeta For Every Juan and Bambike for the Pamana Wheels Project, for a crowdsourcing effort to build bikes for heritage workers.
Twenty bicycle units will be assembled out of spare bike parts by BeSeekLeta For Every Juan, a non-profit organization that upcycles old and unused bike parts to build functional bikes for Filipinos in need of mobility. Meanwhile, Bambike is a socio-ecological enterprise based in the Philippines that takes pride in making bamboo bicycles by hand and with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices. Bambike also runs the Bambike Ecotours, a guided bike tour stationed in major historical and cultural sites inside Intramuros.
Through this initiative, these three organizations hope to provide heritage workers with a safer mode of transportation to their work sites during this pandemic. The bikes will be given to workers assigned to the La Loma chapel and Luneta Hotel restoration projects, and other smaller projects in between. Should this crowdsourcing drive turn up more bikes, they will be sent to provincial efforts like the restoration of the Angeles Church and Manaoag Basilica in Pangasinan.
The project is in need of bike frames and forks, wheelsets, interiors and exterior tubes, handle bars, brake pads and levers, and chains. These can be dropped off at the Escuela Taller address in Revellin de Recoletos, Victoria St., Intramuros, Manila. Donations of complete bicycle units are also welcome.
Those who are interested in contributing bike parts or units are advised to message the Escuela Taller Facebook page (fb.com/escuelataller.defilipinas) ) or text Philip (0945 133 9920) and Roy (0995 472 7778) before sending donations.