"A bicycle for all" adds a social dimension to the Tour de France's commitment to cycling as a means of transport. Over 2,500 bicycles have been donated since the launch of "Riding into the Future".
In 2022, more than 700 bicycles have been donated to bring joy to underprivileged children in France and abroad while making a tangible impact on their everyday lives. In France, the Tour is working closely with its partner Century 21, which launched the "One kid, one bike" operation in 2017 with Bernard Hinault as its public face.
Over 400 underprivileged children from families who are receiving support from Secours Populaire and other humanitarian organizations near our host towns and cities have received bicycles in 2022.
Alongside this commitment to helping underprivileged children in France, the Tour de France is proud to support Qhubeka, a social mobility charity focused on supplying bicycles to underprivileged schoolchildren in South Africa. Over 500,000 schoolchildren walk more than four hours every day to get to school across the country and the Qhubeka Charity has supplied over 105,000 of their unique bicycles to these schoolchildren, making a huge impact on the children's futures.
The Tour de France is happy to have donated over 500 bicycles directly so far through our partnership, donating one bicycle per rider in the peloton alongside promoting donations from our fans to Qhubeka throughout the race. For 2022, we are also happy to extend our partnership with the Qhubeka Charity to also include the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, with a dedicated distribution to female schoolchildren taking place soon. To join this campaign, please make a donation at the dedicated donation page HERE.
To understand more about the impact of our commitment to the Qhubeka Charity, please take a few moments to enjoy this short film.
In 2022, the French Ministry for Education and Youth, the French Ministry for Sport and Olympic and Paralympic Games and Amaury Sport Organisation have come together to launch an operation aimed at promoting cycling proficiency in schools. While the Tour de France pack will be covering approximately 3,500 km between Friday 1st and Sunday 24th July, the School Solidarity – A Bike for All operation is aiming to see 3,500 classes totalling 100,000 pupils take part.
From Friday 10th June to Friday 24th June, the classes taking part in the operation
will be able to organise a cycling focused action based on the French cycling
proficiency programme “Savoir Rouler à Vélo”, which enables children to acquire the necessary skills to be genuinely independent on a bicycle for when they start junior high school.
A.S.O. has committed to donating to French charity Secours Populaire Français up to €100,000 (€1 per child that takes part in one of the operation’s cycling learning activities during this period) in order to provide bicycles for children supported by Secours Populaire.