I will talk about our our community based volunteering initiative #BIKEYGEES e.V. We believe that cycling is one of the basic building blocks of (re)gaining individual mobility for refugees and newcomers to Berlin. Women in particular need support. Many newly arrived women feel isolated in their accommodation and have to walk to get anywhere. Cycling is an obvious way to explore their new environment, particularly given the financial barriers to using public transport. Which is why we think it is important, quite apart from any inter-cultural benefits, to consider cycling as a sustainable approach to ensuring mobility and independence. Our initiative is designed to strengthen the prospects and hopes of those who have lost not just their home, but also in many ways their independence.
#BIKEYGEES e.V. is a comprehensive approach that aims to share empowerment, independence, CO2-neutral transport, fresh air and exercise, joy, and mutual success stories with its volunteers and participants. Not only that, it combines physical activity, relaxation, and active and fun use of a newly acquired language. The common goal fosters a sense of community and friendship. Oh, and it’s fun. Lots of fun. For everyone involved.