Rolling Into A Sustainable Future With Bamboo Bikes

By FedEx | May 18, 2021

We hop on a tour with Bambike Revolution Cycles – and find out what it takes to run a company committed to bringing sustainable mobility to the world, one bike at time.

For Bambike Revolution Cycles founder Bryan Benitez McClelland, learning to create bicycles made out of bamboo would not only change his life, but the livelihood of many others along the way.

Bryan first discovered how to make bamboo bikes during a project in Africa in 2007 and built his very first Bambike in 2009. Thanks to his close ties to the country, Bryan realized this innovation could be developed in the Philippines, where bamboo is naturally abundant. “Bamboo has inherent qualities that are perfect for cycling. These properties translate into a bike frame that is stiff enough to really crank on and make for a smooth ride”.

Our mission is to build the greenest products on the planet while creating jobs for people who need them the most.

In 2010, Bryan, established Bambike Revolution Cycles, a socio-ecological enterprise that markets handmade bamboo bikes and environment-friendly bike tours in the historic city of Intramuros. Bambike champions sustainable building practices and fair-trade labor for Bambuilders - artisans from Gawad Kalinga, a Filipino development organization that aims to end poverty by giving long-term livelihood to the less fortunate.

“Our mission is to build the greenest products on the planet while creating jobs for people who need them the most,” he explains. Bambike advocates a ‘People - Planet – Progress’ philosophy. The company aims to further advance by getting as many bamboo bikes out globally for as many people as possible.

As he moves forward to fulfill this goal, Bryan has found a reliable logistics provider in FedEx. As well as supporting his shipping needs, we also share the same commitment to connect the world in resourceful and responsible ways - from sustainable packaging to the ambitious goal of achieving carbon–neutral operations globally by 2040.
Our mission is to build the greenest products on the planet while creating jobs for people who need them the most.

Bumpy paths

Bambike may be up and running now, but the road to realizing its goals were paved with obstacles. According to Bryan, getting the start-up off the ground had its difficulties - like finding the right kind of bamboo industry to do the job: a feat that proved challenging considering he didn’t speak much Filipino.

“I spent many years learning about bamboo resources and also learning the local language. Seeing the progress that our company has made, and the impact that it’s had on the lives of our employees and beneficiaries is what keeps me motivated.”

Bryan also knows that Filipino workers have a knack for ingenuity and problem-solving; it just takes time to work together as a unit. “Working with Filipinos can be incredibly fulfilling. Sometimes, it can be frustrating due to language barriers. There is an abundance of innate talent, hard work and a knack for problem-solving."

Turning the wheels of sustainable tourism

Bambike is now setting its sights on cultivating sustainable tourism by educating tourists about cultural heritage while adapting eco-friendly alternatives.

“Sustainable tourism is a way to experience the world but leave minimal negative impact on the places visited and a positive impact on society. We also consult other tourism development projects to adopt best practices that include the three pillars of sustainable tourism: social justice, economic development, and environmental integrity.”

From its headquarters in Intramuros, the company has also rolled out a rental stop in Guimaras province - in an idyllic community under renewable energy wind turbines. This is a project in partnership with the National Grid Corporation. Bambike is also sending a custom fleet of bicycles to a hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia so that their guests can explore the sites in a stylish and responsible manner.

All gas, no brakes

FedEx has been a great logistics partner. We know that when we send out products to customers all over the world, we can do so with trust and confidence.

There’s no stopping Bambike from scaling its business and expanding to other markets. Finding the right logistics services provider is crucial in making this happen. “FedEx has been a great logistics partner. We know that when we send out products to customers all over the world, we can do so with trust and confidence. We know that FedEx works hard to support small businesses and ensure our customers receive our product safely and as quickly as possible,” Bryan concludes.

With the network of FedEx, more people can experience the Bambike Revolution Cycles such as the Luntian and Victoria 2.0 all-terrain bikes, the sleek, streamlined and bolt-together Bolt Series and the Bambino bikes for kids.

FedEx empowers SMEs like Bambike by offering its global network and diverse portfolio of solutions and services to create opportunities for people in more than 220 countries and territories.

You can follow Bambike’s journey to a more sustainable future on Facebook and Instagram – as well as check out our LinkedIn page for insights and inspirations from across the Asia Pacific region.
FedEx has been a great logistics partner. We know that when we send out products to customers all over the world, we can do so with trust and confidence.

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