Trek & World Bicycle Relief Raise $1.8 Million To Support Communities in Underserved Regions

Jan 21, 2022
by Ed Spratt  

Trek and World Bicycle Relief raised over $1.8 million in a joint campaign to benefit communities in remote and underserved regions.

Through November and December 2021 Trek and World Bicycle Relief reached out for donations to provide bikes to people in African and South American countries in which World Bicycle Relief works including Zambia, Kenya, Colombia, and Zimbabwe. As part of the campaign, Trek was also matching donations of up to $500,000 and as a result of more than 7,000 donations a total of $1,818,918 was raised.

With this money, World Bicycle Relief will be able to provide more than 11,000 bicycles to students, health workers, farmers, and entrepreneurs in rural countries.

bigquotesTrek and Trek retailers have been important partners since the founding of our organization back in 2005, playing a key role in the product development process that resulted in the Buffalo Bicycle. Together we are excited to bring hope on two wheels and continue to help individuals and communities thrive. World Bicycle Relief CEO, Dave Neiswander

bigquotesI’m super proud of the Trek family for crushing our goal and raising $1.8 million for World Bicycle Relief. World Bicycle Relief is a great organization, and this is a meaningful sum of money that will change the lives of over 11,000 families. Trek Bicycle President, John Burke

You can find out more about World Bicycle Relief's work here.


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 Fantastic initiative, durable bicycles for people that currently walk miles everyday for basic necessities. Huge respect to all involved Salute
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 Not that they're comparable...but I remember the fundamental change getting a bike had on my life as a teen living on my own. I was able to commute to a job, buy groceries, access the health clinic and have the independence of mobility. I can only imagine the impact it has on the people's lives in underdeveloped countries, with obstacles like accessing clean drinking water.
  • 14 0
 Absolutely love seeing news like this. Where do I sign up?! Kenya is one of the most incredible places I have ever been privileged to travel. The people are genuinely incredible, and what you will witness the locals transporting via bicycle will blow your mind!
  • 16 0
 Well done. We see you Trek
  • 11 0
 Wasn’t Trek also complemented/praised for being the most honest and open, in regards to its Carbon footprint in another PB article?
I’d say Ol’e Trek deserves some brownie points!!
Well done Trek
Maybe lookin Like a Session ain’t so bad after all
eh Wink
  • 8 0
 Someone should repurpose the bicycles in the mass graveyards in China.
Props on raising a considerable amount of money, but there's soooooo many bikes just wasting away -,width=1098,format=auto/sites/default/files/styles/1200x800/public/d8/images/methode/2020/10/02/43c873ce-02e5-11eb-88c7-25dcd0ae6080_image_hires_141611.jpg?itok=Ga-FG6Ou&v=1601619388
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  • 1 0
 A lot of crap. Even from Flying Pigeons.
  • 2 2
 China buys up a ton of our old metals. They make shit outta shit
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: Not saying that isn't true. But that is certainly not the case for that image I posted, and problem it represents - Those bikes never left China, they're lots of very similar graveyards of failed ride-share groups that over saturating a market, and Government impounding the abandoned bikes from clutter up the streets (what's pictured).
  • 11 0
 Review tomorrow?
  • 8 0
 Haha. Hmm, actually might be kinda cool... Might be interesting to see the tricks they've done to make an ultra low maintenance bike.
  • 6 0
 We need more commuter bikes like these everywhere in the world. Even in really developed countries there's a lot of people that need reliable and affordable transportation. Department store bikes aren't reliable or even affordable because those brands try to pack as many features with terrible implementation. Proper commuter bikes can be great but there's a segment missing for ultra minimalist and ultra affordable (like the Buffalo here). Would be cool to open an international chain of bike shops with equipment to recycle steel frames and sell and give recycled bikes dirt cheap. No idea how or if that would be a sustainable business though
  • 5 0
 In the early 2000’s I was a director of a small co-op that accepted donations from the public, and then either repaired or recycled the bikes. At the time most bikes needed a chain, cassette, brake pads and a few cables and a tube or 2. Total cost to repair and get a bike on the road safely was less than $100. We sold them for $120 which paid for some wages. Bikes that couldn’t be repaired were split in to aluminium, steel, and brass and sold as scrap metal, which also paid some wages. It wasn’t profitable, nor was it supposed to be, but it was sustainable. Until bikes essentially became unrepairable. Once department store bikes got disc brakes it went downhill. Often we couldn’t get the right pads so there was no way to repair it on budget. At the same time the quality went through the floor and a bike now cost $200 to repair, needing things like cranks and headsets. It very quickly became unsustainable.
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 @Mike-Jay: That matches my experience working at commuter focused bike shops in terms of what would will though the door. It would be cool to have space, a welder, and other basic machines to be able to repair steel frames or convert them all to this something as simple and practical as the Buffalo. It's just wishful thinking on my part
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 @mechatronicjf: with the right local government/benefactors willing to help it becomes feasible. But if you have to pay rent and pass on the true cost of the work it’s not feasible. You just need to talk to the right people and make the environmental business case.
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 It would be really great if this also sparks a local bike repair and parts production market.
  • 2 0
 These bikes are the best. I’ve ridden one at 60km/h with 50kgs on the back and I’ve jumped one and they don’t miss a beat. They’re unbreakable.
  • 1 0
 Evil corporate capitalist! Probably dont even make their employees take woke video training. Just a tax shelter lol
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 One of the 7000. Easy way to be proud of yourself. Warms my cockles. What are cockles?
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 The definition of corporate social responsibility
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 This makes me feel better about owning 3 Treks
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