2022 Year In Review

by World Bicycle Relief
December 2, 2022
2022 has been a year to celebrate! Thanks to our inspiring supporters and partners around the globe, communities in need are using their bicycles to pursue their goals.

Pedaling toward a brighter future

In 2022, you’ve helped put nearly 70,000 Buffalo Bicycles in the hands of people working to change their lives – bringing our lifetime distribution to 700,000 bicycles!

This year, we’ve introduced our Mobilized Communities programs to four new communities and added 65 new Buffalo Bicycle retail shops. This sustainable bicycle eco-system ensures bicycles and spare parts continue to be accessible to individuals across Colombia, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

With you by our side, we’re racing toward our goal of 1 million bicycles and 5 million individuals empowered by 2025!

Your Impact Up Close

Your Impact Up Close – Recording from World Bicycle Relief on Vimeo.

World Bicycle Relief CEO Dave Neiswander, Senior Program Director Irene Mulunjwana, and Greenline Africa Coordinator Edith January came together to share a closer look at the impact of our programs and partnerships in the communities we serve.

A world of support

Friends everywhere used their talents to fundraise for World Bicycle Relief and support the Power of Bicycles. 

Dj JaBig completed a ride around the United States – a 6-month journey that covered 10,000 miles – while raising $20,000 to help mobilize communities with bicycles. Bill Middeke brought back his annual bake sale for World Bicycle Relief. And 5-year-old EmmyLou and her dad, Kiel Reijnen, completed 102 miles together at Rebecca’s Private Idaho, riding to make a difference. For the third year in a row, the WTRL community came together for the annual ‘Race for a Cause’ team time trial. Friends Dave and Mike rode 3,815km self-supported from Darwin to Melbourne, averaging a little over 100km per day whilst raising over £7,000 for World Bicycle Relief. And Laura and Antonia are currently riding from the southernmost to the northernmost point of America, while inspiring donations to World Bicycle Relief!

No matter how you do it, big or small, everyone can make an impact. See how you can start your fundraiser today!

The Alt Tour’s final stop

Credit: EF Education Post

This spring, Lachlan Morton’s Alt Tour fundraiser ride for World Bicycle Relief made its most meaningful stop yet…in Colombia. After helping to raise $713,000 while riding every stage of the Tour de France in 2021, Lachlan joined us in Barranquilla to see firsthand how the funds raised during the Alt Tour would be used to help support communities in need.

Pedal to Empower success

p2e japanMore than 300,000 people from 89 countries celebrated World Bicycle Day on June 3 at our annual Pedal to Empower ride. Together, you rode more than 16 million kms and raised nearly $300,000 to mobilize women and girls with life-changing bicycles! 

Huge thanks as well to our incredible event partners: Strava, SRAM, Rapha, Zwift, Liv and AIA Vitality Australia. 

Save the date for next year’s Pedal to Empower!

Women on Wheels


“Thanks to my Buffalo Bicycle—which I rode to and from school for 4 years—I excelled and attained a university entry grade,” says 19-year-old Dorcas in Kenya. “Now, I hope to fulfill my dream of becoming a teacher. This bicycle is a change-maker!”

This June, our Women on Wheels campaign spotlighted women changing the world on bicycles. With your support, we helped mobilize nearly 3,000 women like Dorcas build a stronger, brighter future for themselves and their communities!

Partnerships for change

Across the globe, our dedicated partners are helping us generate deeper impact in the areas where we work and support more communities moving forward with life-changing bicycles.

  • SCOTT Sports helped activate the incredible athletes of the SCOTT/SRAM MTB team and their supporters to raffle off a one-of-a-kind WBR-edition SCOTT Spark RC, raising more than €135,000.
  • Pictet Group employees worldwide embarked on a challenge to ride 40,000km over 14 days in May. They rode to work, up to the top of mountains and around Lake Geneva to raise funds in partnership with the Pictet Group Foundation for World Bicycle Relief.
  • Trek Bicycle launched a second holiday campaign for World Bicycle Relief, raising the bar to a $2.5 million goal by activating employees, retailers, athletes, and their incredible global community.
  • Quad Lock continues its dedication to the World Bicycle Relief through corporate contributions, by lending its support to World Bicycle Relief events and helping to amplify our mission across the digital environment and cycling community.
  • MAAP’s Strava challenge engaged almost half a million cyclists across the globe, and they also contributed a corporate donation to help mobilize communities in need.
  • During Deloitte’s #ImpactDay, teams across the globe collectively rode thousands of kilometers and raised funds for World Bicycle Relief.
  • Exinity supported our work in Kenya with a generous donation, mobilizing 1,000 people with bicycles.
  • citizenM continued to be an incredibly supportive partner and visited our program countries to see the impact their hotel guests have made through declining room cleaning in exchange for citizenM’s donation to World Bicycle Relief. Their commitment, which surpassed their initial fundraising target, has contributed to bolstering our Mobilized Communities programming.
  • Cycling For Softies continued to donate a portion of each traveller’s holiday to help create accessible transportation for those in need.
  • Rapha’s annual Black Friday Ride championed World Bicycle Relief’s mission while raising funds and highlighting their commitment to our Mobilized Communities.
  • Backroads offers clients the option to opt-out of jerseys or t-shirts for their trip and instead trigger a donation to World Bicycle Relief, resulting in less stuff and more bikes – a win win!
  • Techbikers, a longtime supporter, teamed up with Arne Schiereck (24h Brelinger Berg), Jonas Deichmann and the EnjoyYourBike podcast to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief. They showed that teamwork makes the dream work and raised more than €100K and counting.

Rural mobility in the spotlight

Momentum grew for promoting sustainable transportation in rural communities around the world. In the U.S., Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Bicycles for Rural African Transport Act, legislation that would establish a rural mobility program using bicycles. While a panel at the European Development Days addressed how bicycles can help achieve Sustainable Development Goals. 

The UN Chronicle and the Brookings Institution also published articles discussing the important roles bicycles play in African women’s empowerment and access to education. 

Communities on the Move


More communities and people around the world are riding toward a brighter future, thanks to you! Together, we hope to mobilize 10,000 people with life-changing bicycles by December 31st.

Give now to make an impact in 2022 that will last for generations to come.