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World Bicycle Relief transforming lives

Saving the world one bicycle at a time

Culture Editor Tom Wilmer visits with Will King, Bicycle Design Engineer at SRAM’s San Luis Obispo, California R&D high-tech bicycle component facility (RockShox, Trucativ, Zipp, Quarq, etc.). King talks with Tom about SRAM’s involvement with World Bicycle Relief an international nonprofit organization that mobilizes people and transforms lives through The Power of Bicycles.



Fundraisers and individual donations provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in rural Africa, connecting them with education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

The Buffalo Bikes are a literal life-transforming gift for people in remote African villages and communities. Young girls are primary recipient of the bike, as the transport offers them a safer mode of travel between school and home, and dramatically reduces travel time as schools are often situated far from the village.

Another primary recipient of the Buffalo Bikes are health care workers. One woman that King visited with told him that she travels more than 60 miles per day delivering health care to recipients in remote villages. Dairy farmers are able to increase their deliveries by more than 25 percent, and overall student attendance increases up to 28 percent.

World Bicycle Relief provided some touching life transforming examples: Community Health Worker Ramadhan Bakari cares for 522 people across 105 households in Kakamega County, Western Kenya. But when walking up to 8 km to see each patient, he could visit only a few homes per day.

Things changed in July 2015 when the Malaha Dispensary and Health Center, in partnership with Africa Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Kenya, received 30 Buffalo Bicycles to strengthen its community health systems. Trips to patients’ homes became 10 minutes instead of an hour or more. And healthcare workers can now visit up to 30 homes a day.

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are crucial healthcare providers in rural Africa. CHWs visit patients at home, transport patients to medical facilities, and provide preventative education and care.

Their work is especially vital for children born in sub-Saharan Africa, who are 12 times more likely than their counterparts in high-income countries to die before their 5th birthday. The region has 11% of the world’s population but carries 24% of the global disease burden. It lacks the infrastructure to provide even basic healthcare to many of its people.

To fulfill their responsibilities, CHWs often walk long distances over rough terrain and in inclement weather. As a result, fewer people get the care they need.

But with a bicycle, healthcare workers can reach 45% more patients and travel four times farther than on foot, research shows.

At the Malaha Dispensary, Clinic Manager Dr. Bernard Ochanda says 60 bicycles are as valuable as one car. Bicycles can cover more territory and serve more people.

Many times, “the bicycle is used in getting the mothers into the clinic for delivery,” says Ochanda. “Compared to home deliveries, delivery at the clinic is far more safe. Traveling by bicycle is far less expensive than hiring a vehicle.”

World Bicycle Relief believes that all individuals should have access to proper healthcare.

The net cost of a Buffalo Bike is around $150, underwritten through donations. To ensure that the bikes remain in operable condition, local villagers are trained as mechanics, and often suggest design improvements to minimize breakdowns.

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North American Handmade Bicycle Show 

2018 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Ramps Up

New sponsors and non-profit partner announced as NAHBS makes its debut in New England February 16th – 18th at the Connecticut Convention Center


The North American Handmade Bicycle Sow, the world’s largest show for custom-built bicycles, is gearing up for its 2018 show, taking place in Hartford, CT February 16th– 18th at the Connecticut Convention Center.  The annual 3-day event, which changes venues each year, is being held in New England for the first time in the show’s 14-year history.


While NAHBS provides an interactive forum for frame builders and cycling enthusiasts to come together to share new products, ideas, and support, the artistry and craftsman of the builders transcends cycling: anyone who appreciates artisanship and craftsmanship will enjoy the show.  With a robust public attendance anticipated and a vibrant collection of handmade bicycles from a wide array of exhibitors — including international companies hailing from Russia, UK, Italy, Australia, Ireland, and Canada, giving attendees the chance to see brands they might not otherwise ever see — NAHBS 2018 is shaping up to be one for the record books.


“New England is such a bike crazy region. We’re elated to finally have the opportunity to bring the show to the area and be a gathering place for New England’s bicycle industry,” says Don Walker, Founder and President of NAHBS. “With the great location, all-star exhibitor line up, and amazing partnerships and events in the works, we think 2018 is going to be one for the record books.”


NAHBS just announced Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program as its official charity partner for the upcoming show. With its mission to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling, CCAP provides a variety of amazing opportunities including middle and high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs, youth travel teams, and youth events.


“We’re very proud to be working with NAHBS in Hartford and to continue to bring cycling to the forefront in Connecticut,” says David Hoyle, CCAP’s Executive Director. “NAHBS is a special opportunity for cyclists and families across Connecticut to experience the nation’s most beautiful and unique aspects of cycling culture, right here in our state’s capital.”


Additional NAHBS show sponsors include Boyd CyclingCampagnoloColumbusFull Speed AheadEnigma Bicycle WorksHED CyclingPedro’sShimano, and Titanium Joe.


Exhibitor booth space is nearing capacity, although space is still available. Exhibitor application details can be found hereNAHBS is open to the public and attendees can purchase tickets in advance by visiting this link.


About the North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Established in 2005, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the largest and oldest handbuilt bicycle show in the world. NAHBS is a space for the sharing of ideas and innovation, promoting custom bicycles, and the companies that support the market. NAHBS keeps itself fresh by traveling to a different city each year, and over 175 vendors make the trip for the annual show. For more information, please visit Connect with NAHBS socially on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

2017 UnitedHealthcare California Challenge

Bay Area Wounded Veterans to Train at San Francisco City Hall in Advance of 450-Mile Therapeutic Bike Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Local supporters, including veterans and community leaders, will cheer on the cyclists as they train for the 2017 UnitedHealthcare California Challenge benefiting veterans and first responders

WHAT: Bay Area wounded military veterans who are participating in the UnitedHealthcare California Challenge, a 450-mile therapeutic cycling event beginning in San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 15, will take part in a final training ride around City Hall Thursday, Oct. 12.

The local veterans participating in the training ride are among more than 100 cyclists riding in the seven-day UnitedHealthcare California Challenge, which benefits veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other injuries.

Some will ride bicycles customized for injured veteran riders. Local supporters, including other veterans and community leaders, will be on hand to cheer as they train.

The California Challenge is a collaboration between UnitedHealthcare and Project Hero, a national nonprofit organization that helps veterans and first responders affected by injury, PTSD and TBI achieve rehabilitation, recovery and resilience in their daily lives. 

The first stage of the UnitedHealthcare California Challenge, from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, begins 9 a.m. Sunday at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. The public is invited to attend the kick-off event to support the veterans as they embark on their journey.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 12
9:45 a.m. – Photos and interviews
10 a.m. – Training ride begins around City Hall
WHO: Local veterans who will be participating in the ride, supporters and community leaders including:

· Local veteran riders and their families

· UnitedHealthcare executives and employees

· Veterans Administration executives and staff

WHERE: San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

PHOTOS: Media are invited to photograph event participants and military veterans, including bicycles customized for injured veteran riders.


About Project Hero
Founded in 2008, Project Hero is a groundbreaking national non-profit organization dedicated to helping Veterans and First Responders affected by PTSD, TBI and injury achieve rehabilitation, recovery and resilience in their daily lives and increasing awareness of the national mental health crisis posed by PTSD and TBI. Project Hero programs work by producing positive outcomes at lower costs and reducing drug-based therapies. Project Hero builds and provides adaptive bikes to physically-challenged and injured Veterans and First Responders and has helped tens of thousands of our Healing Heroes at no cost to participants through cycling events, community-based programs in more than 50 cities throughout the US and by supporting research. For information, visit

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @UHC on Twitter.