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Backroads and World Bicycle Relief join forces this holiday season to give the gift of a bicycle

Story by Backroads

Posted: November 16, 2016

Bikes Offer Life-Changing Transportation for Students, Healthcare Workers and Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

Backroads, the world’s leading active travel company, and World Bicycle Relief are partnering up this holiday season to help deliver the power of bicycles to students, rural workers, healthcare providers, women, entrepreneurs and others in need. World Bicycle Relief provides bicycles to help improve daily transportation for people in impoverished regions where a four-hour walk to and from school is the norm.  This holiday season Backroads is supporting World Bicycle Relief’s year-end campaign in which all donations are being matched dollar-for-dollar. The funds raised from this campaign will provide a way forward for the students and communities WBR serves in rural parts of Africa.

Part of World Bicycle Relief’s year-end campaign is celebrating #GivingTuesday with a one-day goal to raise funds for 1,200 bikes. Backroads will help amplify WBR’s big goal that day by encouraging donations to the organization as holiday gifts. World Bicycle Relief will also be matching all donations between now and December 31.

A strong reliable form of transportation can make a major positive difference in people’s lives and help boost economic development, healthcare and education.  Backroads’ donation to World Bicycle Relief will have a direct impact on the lives of students. At Kenya’s Bukhaywa Secondary School, which is already receiving bikes as part of the Bicycles for Educational Empowerment program, attendance is up 28% and girls have shared with their teachers that they now aspire to become doctors, engineers, professors and lawyers. More bicycles in the hands of girls and boys in rural regions of the developing world have the potential to help lift families and communities out of poverty.

“Biking is at the core of our company since we began running bike tours across the globe almost 40 years ago,” said Backroads Founder and President, Tom Hale. “Teaming up with World Bicycle Relief enhances our efforts to use the bicycle as a tool for empowerment and it's gratifying to know that the gift of a bike this holiday season can provide independence and improve lives.”

“We’re inviting our global community to be part of our #GivingTuesday effort by helping us raise funds for 1,200 bicycles on November 29. Having Backroads bring this message to their community to help us achieve success is remarkable. It’s both humbling and inspiring to work with partners who truly understand and believe in the power of bicycles.” Katie Bolling, Director of Partnerships at World Bicycle Relief.

Anyone can give the gift of a World Bicycle Relief bike this holiday season for $147. Other options include a gift of $50 for a toolkit, or $25 for a wheel set. Donations can be made in someone’s name and World Bicycle Relief will provide a special holiday e-card for acknowledgement of the gift. Donate at Additional information on Backroads’ Giving Back program can be found at and World Bicycle Relief’s A Way Forward Campaign here:

World Bicycle Relief - Buffalo Bike

The Buffalo Bicycle is engineered for more tasks, serving as a powerful economic engine in rural communities. The specially designed frame, carrier and stand of the Buffalo Bicycle provide the stability and durability needed to support big loads and passengers over long distances in remote areas. The Buffalo Bicycle is compatible with locally available spare parts, requiring only basic tools for maintenance and repair or from auto repair mesa az. WBR operates a Field Mechanic Training Program to help keep the bicycles rolling, using a universal training manual that instructs with pictures and diagrams rather than words. To date, over 1,000 field mechanics have been trained, offering riders access to local maintenance.


Backroads ( was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been in business for more than 37 years. The company hosts thousands of guests, 80% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests, in hundreds of locations across the globe. Backroads was named one of the Top 100 Places to Work by Outside Magazine, and is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific time.


World Bicycle Relief is mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles. We envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.