The recyclists : bikes, borders and basura

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Title: The recyclists : bikes, borders and basura
Author: Melanson, Michael P., 1978-
Abstract: In January , 2009 , I joined Bikes Across Borders , a local grassroots organization , on their yearly bike caravan to Mexico . The group works to promote bicycles , both here and in Mexico , as an environmentally and financially sound alternative to motorized transportation . Each winter , members ride bicycles they build out of salvaged parts to border cities in Mexico . They give these bicycles to maquiladora workers who would otherwise spend a large portion of their income on transportation . These workers make a fraction of what they would in the U .S . and live in shacks amid the pollution from the factories they work in . This is the story of one group’s attempt at making a difference in the lives of these workers .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -12 -620
Date: 2010-08-05


The recyclists : bikes, borders and basura. Master's thesis, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -12 -620 .

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