World Bicycle Relief is a not for profit organisation that seeks to mobilise people around the world through the power of the bicycle. It was founded after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. To address the devastation caused by the tsunami, the founders had the idea of delivering simple sustainable transportation to vulnerable communities emerged. Many bicycle networks have benefited from the World Bicycle Relief’s support and funding.
This week at the heart of the World Economic Forum’s Davos Challenge is that global problems, however complex, can have simple solutions. For example, how students from remote locations don’t miss out on an education simply because the live too far from school. Some students will run 4 to 5 miles each day, through changing weather conditions, simply to get to school. Sometimes, the biggest barrier to a child’s success is distance. The solution is the humble bicycle.
The World Bicycle Relief has looked at the needs of local environments and mechanics needed to suit the areas that being served. Bikes are designed specifically to suit the needs of the end user. The ensures that bikes are simple, reliable, repairable so that people can maintain and use for them for a very long time. Aside from design and supply chain support, the World Bicycle Relief also train local people to become mechanics.
Giving young students access to simple transportation can have large impacts to people’s livelihoods. For some, access to opportunity is linked to their proximity to schools. The World Bicycle Relief provides an opportunity narrow the gap between child and the school, thereby narrow or close the gap presenting a barrier between them and their success and their career.
Source: World Bicycle Relief website