Who We Are
Empowering individuals to access education, healthcare and economic opportunities through life-changing bicycles.

World Bicycle Relief is a catalyst for change, partnering with people in rural communities around the globe to realize their goals by expanding opportunities to access education, markets, health facilities and vital services with the tool they need to thrive.

Equipped with a purpose-designed Buffalo Bicycle from World Bicycle Relief, students, health workers and entrepreneurs in low-income regions create opportunities for themselves, their families and entire communities.

Our impact


World Bicycle Relief mobilizes individuals and communities through the Power of Bicycles.

We aspire for individuals to have access to an appropriate transport option that is affordable, safe, and meets their needs and preferences. We are experts in bicycle mobility and design bicycle mobility solutions.

We envision a world where bicycles improve healthcare and education outcomes and broaden economic opportunities so individuals and communities can thrive. 

How we work

Our Pathways to Impact


Our Theory of Change

We work globally in underserved markets with millions of people who lack reliable transportation, creating access to affordable purpose-designed bicycles, mechanics and spare parts so that individuals and communities have independence, access to health care, education, and economic opportunities.

Our Origins

World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2005 by F.K. Day and Leah Missbach Day in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. As a founder of SRAM Corporation and a leader in product development, F.K.’s role offered a unique opportunity to problem-solve with cycling industry leaders. As a documentary photographer, Leah’s gift for sharing stories helped bring the devastation of those affected by the tsunami to light. Together, with support from SRAM and other industry leaders, F.K. and Leah launched World Bicycle Relief to provide bicycles for those in need. In partnership with aid organizations in Sri Lanka, we distributed more than 24,000 bicycles to displaced survivors, providing access to education, healthcare, and livelihoods while reconnecting entire communities.

Today, we’ve helped accelerate the journey out of poverty for more than 3.5 million people in 21 countries. 

Where we work
If you are impatient with the status quo. If you recognize that a child’s right to education or a woman’s right to healthcare doesn’t end where paved roads give way to rutted dirt paths. If you want to defeat chronic poverty and support rural communities in their efforts to overcome the challenge of access…