In the Year of the Bicycle, your support created incredible impact! You strengthened our work in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe while helping us launch our Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program in Ghana. Thanks to you, more than 54,000 bicycles were delivered into the hands of students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs this year. See the incredible difference you made in 2017.
Mechanics of Mobility
WBR field mechanics keep both our Buffalo Bicycles and our programs rolling. With over 1,900 mechanics trained, they are a crucial part of our sustainable model. In February, we shared our interactive Mechanics of Mobility video so that you could hear directly from our mechanics and mechanic trainers about why they take such pride in their work.
Women Breaking Barriers
This spring, WBR co-founder Leah Missbach Day shared several stories of women and girls who are breaking barriers in her Voices From the Field series.
- Stella’s Story: A Young Mother on the Move
Stella dropped out of school to care for her daughter. Fueled by determination, Stella eventually continued her education – despite her 12km journey to school each way. Learn how Stella’s bicycle is empowering her to move forward.
- Brave Efforts of a Ugandan Field Mechanic
Alice Takoberwa, a 43-year-old widow and mother of two, didn’t have experience as a mechanic but wanted to challenge herself. “Why not me too?” she thought. Read how Alice rose to the challenge – training to become a bicycle mechanic to support her community.
- Reprieve for Two Strong Students
Phoebe and Eunice are students at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Kenya with lots of potential. Although both girls come from difficult circumstances, their Buffalo Bicycles and individual educational passions have propelled them toward a better future. Read Phoebe and Eunice’s stories.
350,000 Bikes and Counting
Thanks to you, we celebrated an incredible milestone in May: more than 350,000 bicycles distributed! Since World Bicycle Relief’s inception in 2005, you have generously contributed to an incredible 384,025 bikes in the field. In the hands of students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs, these bicycles are changing the world.
200 Years and Rolling
2017 marked the 200th anniversary of the bicycle, and you helped us make it the most impactful year yet! We celebrated with a Year of the Bicycle pledge, stories from the field and a deeper look at the future of bicycles and WBR.
WBR Heads Down Under
In May, World Bicycle Relief extended its global fundraising to Australia. Building upon a strong existing network and engaging with new potential supporters in Australia, we envision mobilizing millions more through The Power of Bicycles. World Bicycle Relief now has official non-profit status in Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Next Generation
This July, your fundraising and contributions funded more than 4,400 bicycles to empower the next generation of Zambian students! Emboldened by a 1:1 match from Backroads and a small group of individual donors, you surpassed our goal and paved the way for the next generation of Zambian students to pursue brighter futures.
A World of Support
In 2017, WBR fundraisers around the world rallied like never before to mobilize others.
- Gran Fondo Hundo
Our Gran Fondo Hundo riders doubled this year, bringing in 14% more donations! That’s twice as many people sharing The Power of Bicycles with friends and family.
- Moneycorp London to Paris
On July 20, a team of 20 cyclists set out from London for a 500km ride over three days, ending in Paris in time for the last stage of the Tour de France. They raised more than £18,000 for WBR!
- Riding the Rockies for Good
Seven Team WBR members from across the U.S. rode 447 miles with more than 32,000 feet of climbing during Ride the Rockies in Colorado, raising enough for 170 Buffalo Bicycles!
- Rotarians on a Roll
Rotary Clubs in District 6000 (Iowa, USA) are uniting to create lasting change! Since July, this dedicated community has raised enough to fund more than 700 Buffalo bicycles and counting!
- Students for Students
Students around the world, including Katie Konrad Moore,11-year-old Henrietta Cuninghame, and third-graders at TOPS K-8, went above and beyond to help mobilize students in developing countries.
- Ride on For WBR
On December 2, riders from around the world came together for the most exciting virtual event of the year: the third annual Ride On for WBR Zwiftathon. The 24-hour virtual ride’s participants rode 701,651 miles and raised more than $150,000 for WBR!
Training The Trainers in Malawi
In July, WBR hosted a Bicycle Supervisory Committee Capacity Building and Planning session in Malawi. We spent five days educating members from each Malawian Bicycle Supervisory Committee (BSC) on techniques and tools that will help them develop their own local BEEP policies and programs. By training the trainers, we empower them to spread The Power of Bicycles throughout their communities.
Sharing The Story
In 2017, partners, filmmakers and journalists shared The Power of Bicycles with new audiences around the world.
- The Daily Nation provided an in-depth look at the impact of bicycles in Kenya.
- Active.com and Mirinda Carfrae invited women around the world to ride with Cyclofemme and benefit WBR.
- FreeHeart Creative followed co-founder Leah Missbach Day for their new series, Seeing Brave.
- The Guardian shared how bicycles are keeping girls in Ghana safe.
- Pedal Born Pictures screened A Way Forward at film festivals across the US.
- Teen Vogue echoed what girls at Umoja School proudly proclaim: Together We Rise!
- Dropbox shined a light on the creative energy behind The Power of Bicycles.
- TEDx MidAtlantic welcomed WBR co-founder & CEO, FK Day, to the TED stage.
- MTB News rallied readers across Europe to reprise their epic impact.
- Global Cycling Network broadcast their Zambian adventure to 1.3M followers, who have since funded 913 bicycles – and counting!
Together We Rise
You can help students in need rise above barriers and pursue their dreams.Distance, safety and cultural expectations stand between many young girls and their futures. With bicycles, they can rise above. We hope the stories of Ayan, Susan and their classmates inspire you to empower more students in need with bicycles.