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With 88 Bikes, Social Entrepreneur Dan Austin Gives Joyously (and Locally)
The New Philanthropy | May 03, 2011

With 88 Bikes, Social Entrepreneur Dan Austin Gives Joyously (and Locally)

Social entrepreneur Dan Austin is no stranger to making a lot from a little. As founder of the acclaimed 88 Bikes, Austin gives bicycles to developing world children—providing them with not only a practical mode of transportation but also a feeling of joy and a sense of freedom. As the group’s name suggests, each bike costs only $88 to produce, and—with an eye for local sustainability—each one is made from local resources and assembled using local labor. With expansion on his mind, Austin, a passionate Seattle-based filmmaker, is now bringing 88 Bikes to America.

Venturing into the field of sustainable design, Austin will open the first 88 Bikes sustainable bike shop,  on a reservation in Utah. The shop will be made entirely from locally-foraged materials, including the hoods of old cars! When it opens this fall, one hundred teens from a local high school will be able to earn their bikes by participating in a three-week bike repair training course offered by 88 Bikes volunteers.

As if that weren’t enough, Dan Austin is also planning the 88 Bikes Gallery Installation, which will include a giant collage of each child who has received a bicycle from 88 Bikes (That’s around 2,000 kids in over 12 countries.) And finally, look out for an 88 Bikes documentary, The Moment of Happy, to premiere on the festival circuits later this year. The story of 88 Bikes has also been featured on CNN and the CBS Evening News.

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