Bikes 4 Ukraine

Bikes 4 Ukraine

The Role of the Humble Bicycle in Ukrainian Urban Renewal

Mikael Colville-Andersen knows a thing or two about the integral role of the bicycle in creating healthy, sustainable communities, be it rural or urban. He has designed infrastructure for bicycles in over 100 cities around the world based on Danish Best Practice and has written THE book about the subject: Copenhagenize - the definitive guide to global bicycle urbanism. 

In Ukraine he is collaborating with the City of Lviv, the City of Mykolaiv and NGOs in Chernihiv, Bucha and several smaller towns to bring used Danish bicycles to Ukraine. Bicycles have always served an integral role during times of crisis, disaster and war. 

The same applies to the current and coming situation in Ukraine. Mikael’s bicycles from Denmark are being used as lifelines in urban and rural settings at the moment. Social workers are using them to deliver food, medicine and humanitarian aid to vulnerable citizens, as well as providing mobility for IDPs in Lviv. 

Mikael’s non-profit association was founded in May 2022 as a response to the appeals he received from Ukrainian cities. He has delivered 300 bikes already and more are on the way in 2023.

Ukrainians in rural settings and in cities like Chernihiv are no strangers to the bicycle. It continues to provide mobility in many areas. Increasing the size of the Ukrainian bicycle fleet with used bikes from Europe is key to addressing immediate needs but also serves to re-establish the bicycle as a feasible, reliable and inexpensive tool for personal mobility. Improving the infrastructure to enable people to ride safely and efficiently is a key element of the renewal of Ukrainian villages, towns and cities.