"A bicycle for all" adds a social dimension to the Tour de France's commitment to cycling as a means of transport. Over 4,000 bicycles have been donated since the launch of "Riding into the Future".
In 2023, 600 bicycles are 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 receive bicycles in 2023.
Alongside this commitment to helping underprivileged children in France, the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift are proud to continue our support of the Qhubeka Charity, 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 across the country to get to school and back, and Qhubeka has supplied nearly 110,000 of their unique bicycles to these schoolchildren, making a huge impact on attendance levels, exam grades and hugely improving their prospects for the future.
The Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift are happy to have funded over 1,700 bicycles directly so far through our partnership. Please join us in helping Qhubeka change lives with bicycles and 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 2023, the French Ministry of Education and Youth, the French Ministry of Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Amaury Sport Organisation ave come together to launch an operation aimed at promoting cycling proficiency in schools. While the Tour de France peloton will be covering approximately 3,500 km between Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July, the School Solidarity – A Bike for All operation is aiming to see 3,500 classes totalling 100,000 pupils take part.
From Monday 12th to Friday 30th June, the classes taking part in the operation will be able to take part in environmental challenges based on the French cycling proficiendy programme « Savoir Rouler à Vélo » with Ma Petite Planète.
A.S.O. is committed to donating up to €100,000 to French charity Secours Populaire Français (€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.