World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people in need through The Power of Bicycles. They provide simple, sustainable bikes to people in rural developing countries where distance is a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.
Compared to walking, bicycles increase carrying capacity and distance traveled while decreasing travel times. They are a simple, sustainable tool used to bridge the gap between needs and resources, empowering individuals, families and entire communities to thrive.
World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2005 by F.K. Day, Co-Founder of SRAM, and Leah Missbach Day in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. With the support of SRAM and other bicycle industry leaders, World Bicycle Relief partnered with aid organizations in Sri Lanka to distribute over 24,000 bicycles reconnecting displaced survivors with access to education, healthcare and livelihood.
Since then, they have provided more than 450,000 specially-designed, locally assembled Buffalo Bicycles, and trained more than 2,000 field mechanics in 19 countries around the world.