The biggest barrier to entry in cycling is cost, which is why the sport is predominantly present in developed countries. Mountain Bike Afghanistan is constantly figuring out ways to solve this problem.
One innovative idea we came up with is Sponsor-A-Trail. Which is: Sponsor 1 kilometer of trail for $1K—we buy a bike with your gift and give it to a young Afghan cyclist who, in turn, builds 1 kilometer of trail. So, $1K, 1 kilometer trail, 1 happy cyclist.
Additionally, this is a great way to build responsible behavior in kids towards their bicycles. Not to mention, they get to ride the very trails they build with their own hands, and in the mean time, grow cycling infrastructure (trails) in Afghanistan.
We have just launched a prototype of this program with 5 young people (4 high school students) in Kabul. That’s 5 bicycles & 5 kilometers of trail. Our goal is to build the trails in an area of Western Kabul that has become a popular site for outdoor recreation, but which lacks trails, signage and trash cans. The area will become the first public trail network with signage and maps.
If you are interested to become a trail sponsor, please contact us, or you can directly make a gift of $1,000 USD below.