BAMBIKE(Bamb EcoLogical Technology Inc.) is a socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bicycles with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices. Bambike builders come from Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine based community development organization for the poor, working to bring an end to poverty. They are also working on a bamboo nursery for reforestation and have plans for a reef rehabilitation project. Bambike is a company that is interested in helping out people and the planet, dedicated to social and environmental stewardship. Their goal is to do better business and to make the greenest bikes on the planet.
The company, spearheaded by Bryan McClelland, is helping out people and the planet by “doing better business and [making] the most sustainable bikes in the world.” Bambike’s latest design (pictured above) features a custom-engineered triangular bamboo top tube, lime green pedals, and a Shimano Nexus internal 3-speed hub.
Bryan, a proud Filipino-American, started to ride a bike when he was 5 years old. When he was cruising down the hill behind the civic center where he learned on his little red bike, he never dreamed that one day he would building bikes, let alone making them out of bamboo. The idea came to him while he was working on his Masters of Environmental Resource Management at the University of Pennsylvania. His thesis was on sustainable community development in the Philippines – working to create the environmental program, now known as Green Kalinga, for Gawad Kalinga. Bryan’s vision for Bambike is to build the greenest bikes on the planet, and to create as many jobs as possible for the people that need them the most.