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Mexico: Volunteers fix and give away free bicycles to medical staff during pandemic04:00

Mexico: Volunteers fix and give away free bicycles to medical staff during pandemic

Mexico, Mexico City
August 10, 2020 at 17:49 GMT -00:00 · Published

The organisation Bicitekas AC has launched an initiative to repair old bicycles at a workshop in Mexico City and give them away for free to medical staff in order to facilitate their safe mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic, as footage filmed on Sunday shows.

Volunteers from the organisation recycle and fix bicycles that are donated to them by citizens, and make them available to doctors and nurses so that they can use them to move around the city.

According to sources from the organisation, they have already received at least 300 requests for these bicycles.

"It has become a chain of favours, in response to health personnel, in gratitude, in recognition of their value, their work," explained Vicente Martinez, president of Bicitekas AC.

Marcela Hernandez, a doctor who received one of thebicycles, wanted to thank "all those who have donated and those who have helped to repair these bicycles."

Mexico has registered several attacks and acts of discrimination against doctors and nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic, as some consider them a source of contagion and insecurity, according to local media.

To limit use of public transport during the pandemic, the Government of Mexico City has implemented bike lanes as part of the actions towards what they call a ‘new normal.’

Mexico: Volunteers fix and give away free bicycles to medical staff during pandemic04:00
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The organisation Bicitekas AC has launched an initiative to repair old bicycles at a workshop in Mexico City and give them away for free to medical staff in order to facilitate their safe mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic, as footage filmed on Sunday shows.

Volunteers from the organisation recycle and fix bicycles that are donated to them by citizens, and make them available to doctors and nurses so that they can use them to move around the city.

According to sources from the organisation, they have already received at least 300 requests for these bicycles.

"It has become a chain of favours, in response to health personnel, in gratitude, in recognition of their value, their work," explained Vicente Martinez, president of Bicitekas AC.

Marcela Hernandez, a doctor who received one of thebicycles, wanted to thank "all those who have donated and those who have helped to repair these bicycles."

Mexico has registered several attacks and acts of discrimination against doctors and nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic, as some consider them a source of contagion and insecurity, according to local media.

To limit use of public transport during the pandemic, the Government of Mexico City has implemented bike lanes as part of the actions towards what they call a ‘new normal.’

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