World Bicycle Relief’s mission is to mobilize people through The Power of Bicycles®. They accomplish their mission by providing simple, sustainable bicycle transportation to people in rural and emerging regions of the world with the vision to eliminate distance as a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.
Compared to walking, bicycles increase carrying capacity and distance traveled while decreasing the time it takes to get to and from schools, clinics and markets. Bicycles are simple, sustainable and appropriate technology to bridge the transportation gap between needs and resources, empowering individuals, families and communities.
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) was founded in 2005 by F.K. Day, Co-Founder of SRAM Corporation, and the Photographer Leah Missbach Day in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. With the support of SRAM Corporation and other leaders in the bicycle industry, WBR partnered with aid organizations in Sri Lanka to distribute over 24,000 locally assembled bicycles that reconnected displaced survivors with access to education, healthcare and livelihood.
Due to the success of the Tsunami relief program, aid organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa requested WBR’s assistance with a healthcare program. WBR provided 23,000 specially-designed, locally-assembled bicycles to volunteer healthcare workers treating HIV/AIDS patients in rural Zambia. Measurement and lessons learned from this healthcare program informed expansion of WBR’s programming to bicycles for education, bicycle field mechanic training and social enterprise solutions.
To date, WBR has distributed more than 250,000 specially designed Buffalo Bicycles.
To learn more or contribute to their impact, visit worldbicyclerelief.org