18 October 2009

World Bicycle Relief

The Work

People in underdeveloped regions of the world are suffering every day due to lack of access to health care, education and economic development opportunities. Bicycles are simple, sustainable and appropriate technology to support people in developing nations and disaster recovery.

The mission of World Bicycle Relief is to provide access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles. Go to Four Ways to Donate

Founded by SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycles in 2005 and supported by many individuals, foundations and corporations, World Bicycle Relief specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle programs by providing supply chain management, technical knowledge and logistics expertise to poverty relief and disaster assistance initiatives.

Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, their families and their communities.

Here are examples of what a bicycle can do to leverage human ability:

Bicycles increase carrying capacity, five times as much as compared to walking;
Bicycles increase the distance a person can travel by four times compared to walking;
Bicycles save time, approximately three hours for every ten miles traveled compared to walking
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