Bike Scouts Special Projects: Share your story!
The Bike Scouts community uses bicycles and social teamwork to deliver help, hope, and courage wherever we ride! We’re also the only Volunteer Bicycle Messenger service for disaster response that has been at the frontlines of almost every major disaster in our communities since 2013.
Check out other Bike Scouts Projects!
Bike Scouts Community Food Delivery
The Bike Scouts has been delivering emergency supplies to communties from the beginning, not just in the aftermath of disasters such as the Covid-19 pandemic but also on regular days whenever there are supplies or resources available that can be shared. Deliveries are done by bicycle messengers in various locations around country. Please send us a message if you’d like to support our regular deliveries, or visit the project page.
Bike Scouts Community Speedcheck
The Bike Scouts speedcheck activity is a way for the various teams and communities around the Philippines and eventually elsewhere to have an updated map of the capability of each Bike Scouts stations to send photo or video real-time updates for disaster monitoring especially during typhoon season. The Bike Scouts network of teams provide a unique ability for the community to have an on-ground view of what’s happening anywhere there are Bike Scouts in real time. This speedcheck is the most current: May 2021.
Borongan City, Eastern Samar Bicycle Mobility
Bike Scouts Borongan has successfully helped make Borongan a bicycle mobility city by creating a genuine collaboration between the Bike Scouts, the local community, and city leaders. The Bike Scouts also helped connect The City of Borongan with our partners from the Embassy of Denmark in the Philippines who organized a Mobility Webinar called “The Future of Mobility” together with mobility and design experts Marianne Weinreich of Ramboll Group, a leading engineering, architecture and consultancy company in Denmark, and Lasse Schelde, CEO of Moving Spaces, Board member Cycling Embassy of Denmark, Architect, Urban Planner, sustainable mobility expert and Co-founder of Bicycle Innovation Lab. Borongan City is now in the process of implementing the inclusions of the bicycle mobility city ordinance that the Bike Scouts helped create. The city recently helped organize an event to promote the concept of “Share The Road” attended by all the cycling groups and bicycle commuters in their community. The work continues, and the next step for Bike Scouts Borongan. East Samar is the province-wide adoption of the bicycle mobility initiative which is now under consideration by the office of the Provincial Governor and the Provincial Council. Latest Update: The Bike Scouts bicycle initiative in Easter Samar, Philippines was approved 17 October 2020. Eastern Samar is now the first place in the Philippines to achieve province-wide adoption of bicycle mobility. See all project updates!
Road Safety Education and Training
Bike Scouts is partnered with the Philippine College of Surgeons, Philippine Red Cross, and the UP Resilience Institute in creating an educational and training platform for road safety and emergency response skills for people who ride bicycles for mobility. The main goal of the project is to create a contact point between the public and the information and skills that they need to be safe on the road while cycling. This project is also made possible through the technical support of the Embassy of The Netherlands in the Philippines and the Embassy of Denmark in Manila and their respective partners in the Philippines as well as in The Netherlands and Denmark related to bicycle culture, urban design, road safety infrastructure, and other matters essential to bicycle mobility.
Disaster Response Training (Deployment Team)
Training and certification for the Bike Scouts deployment team (Volunteer Bicycle Messengers/ Pathfinder) is currently on hold until there is clearance from medical experts that it’s safe to organize public events that require close contact. As of now, the work is focused on gathering support for the material needs of the deployment team as well as expanding the membership of the Bike Scouts community to have a wider selection pool for this specialized work. Bike Scouts Pathfinder works with Zion Emergency and Disaster Response Unit (ZEDRU) as its technical training partner, Philippine Flying Labs/WeRobotics for its drone operations ethics and techincal training, UNOCHA for humanitarian coordination, and Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team (RETT) is partnered with the Bike Scouts Signal Team for radio and satellite communications.
Language and Culture Exchange
Bike Scouts recently partnered with the Akita Inaka School of Japan to bring aspects of Japanese language and culture to the Bike Scouts community to learn more about people and cultures that practice a strong sense of community and sense of responsibility for others – the qualities that the Bike Scouts community itself is based upon. By learning the language Bike Scouts can understand better the context of the cultural influences that help make Japan more adaptive to natural disasters through commmunity habits and instincts that evolved over many generations. The hope is that the Bike Scouts can absord the positive things from the learning experience and understand how they can practiced in the daily lives of Bike Scouts wherever they are. The Akita Inaka School works to provide the most immersive language & cultural experience to its students through actual community experience in Akita Prefecture (秋田県), Japan.
Cycling Route Mapping
The Bike Scouts is officially partnered with SmartCT Citizens x Technology based in Manila and San Francisco (USA) and other technical partners in creating a database of bicycle routes, road safety requirements, and potential risks even before the Covid pandemic. We are working to come up with a plan that will allow us to safely restart this program and continue the work of collecting data. The information that we gather will be used to inform our policy and design initiatives related to sustainable mobility and disaster response, it will be used to produce visualizations that will help the public understand the information better and be able to use it in their everyday lives.