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Rolling Into A Sustainable Future With Bamboo Bikes

               
By FedEx | First published: May 17, 2021    Updated: June 20, 2022

We hop on a tour with Bambike Revolution Cycles – and meet an innovative entrepreneur committed to sustainable mobility for the world, one bike at a time.

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

Bambike Revolution Cycles founder Bryan first discovered how to make bamboo bikes during a project in Africa in 2007. 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”. He went on to build his very first Bambike in 2009.
Deconstructed bike parts with bamboo components

“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 sells handmade bamboo bikes. He also runs environmentally-friendly bike tours in Intramuros, a historic walled city inside Manila. Bambike champions sustainable building practices and fair-trade labor for its ‘Bambuilders’. They use artisans from Gawad Kalinga, a Filipino development organization that aims to end poverty by giving long-term livelihood to the less fortunate. Products range from all-terrain bikes such as the Luntian and Victoria, the sleek, bolt-together Bolt Series and ‘Bambino’ bikes for kids.

“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 sustainability - from sustainable packaging to our ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutral operations globally by 2040.

Bumpy paths at the beginning

Bambike may be up and running now, but getting the start-up off the ground was met with difficulties. One obstacle was finding the right kind of bamboo industry to do the job: a challenge 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 its impact on the lives of our employees and beneficiaries is what keeps me motivated.”
“Our mission is to build the greenest products on the planet while creating jobs for people who need them the most,”

Filipino man sits inside a repair studio with a bike

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 and choosing eco-friendly alternatives.

“Sustainable tourism is a way to experience the world but leave minimal negative impact on the places visited. We also consult other tourism development projects on best practices, including 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 shop 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.
Tourist rents bamboo bike from local Filipino man

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.

All gas, no brakes

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 our global network and diverse portfolio of solutions and services, FedEx empowers SMEs like Bambike, creating 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 inspiration from across the Asia Pacific region.

To discover more sustainable companies whose eco-products are having a positive impact on the environment, head to our Sustainability page here.
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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