2017 Year in Review

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.

See how your support enables this powerful part of our mission.



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.

Learn more about this milestone moment.


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.

See how you helped us celebrate the bicycle’s bicentennial birthday.



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.

Learn more about our Australian supporters.

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.

See why your support for Zambian students matters.


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!

See more of your support in action.


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.

See more innovations your support is making possible. 


Sharing The Story

In 2017, partners, filmmakers and journalists shared The Power of Bicycles with new audiences around the world.


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.

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