Urban mobility specialist Tern has shared the results of its first GSD giveaway which involved selecting five non-profit organisations to receive the cargo bikes to help with their daily operations.
Every year, the brand gives at least 1% of its net profits to environmental or social causes. This latest initiative saw Tern give away a number of its utility electric folding cargo bikes, GSD’s, instead of cash.
Each of the non-profits selected received one Tern GSD equipped with accessories.
“Giving GSD’s to organisations that are making a meaningful difference in people’s lives inspires the entire Tern team,” said Josh Hon, Tern Team Captain. “For example, DUO for a JOB specifically works with recent immigrants to help them gain meaningful employment. With so much recent political rhetoric against immigrants, we couldn’t help but want to support this organisation in the work that they do.”
DUO for a JOB, based in Belgium, is using the GSD to transport materials to job fairs and other career-related events in inner-city locations that are often difficult to access by car.
Another Belgium-based initiative to receive a GSD from Tern is SAMPAS, a team of mobile medial and social workers offering treatment to current or former drug users infected by the hepatitis C virus. They use the GSD to transport diagnostic equipment and even portable tent for medical screeing sessions.
Joining them in being selected to receive a GSD is Canada-based community-run grocery store Le Détour de Pointe Saint-Charles, which promotes environmental actions to diminish food waste. Their GSD has allowed them to extend their reach, delivering groceries and prepared meals to community members with limited mobility.
US-based food recovery tech non-profit, Replate, matches and delivers surplus food from businesses or catered events with communities in need such as soup kitchens, job training programmes and youth programmes. The GSD helps them perform 15-20 food ‘rescues’ per week across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Last but not least, the Council of Aging of Central Oregon, also based in the States, is using its GSD to start a ‘Meals on Two Wheels’ programme to deliver meals by bike to home-bound seniors in and around the tri-county area of Central Oregon.