Bucknell’s ‘Bicycles Against Poverty’ to host benefit ride

LEWISBURG – The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA) is teaming up with Bicycles Against Poverty (BAP), for a benefit ride on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) at 10 a.m. Saturday.

BAP is an organization created in 2008 by two Bucknell University students that aims to tackle poverty in Ugandan villages. They supply bicycles to villagers, which is made possible through microfinance loans to local manufacturers. Bicycles provide villagers with easier access to vital necessities like water, markets, healthcare facilities, schools and other hard-to-reach places. BAP currently operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based out of New York City. Participants at the event are invited to bike, run or walk to raise awareness of BAP, get exercise on the trail while also helping to strengthen the community. The event will begin at Buffalo Valley Outfitters (Route 45 and Reitz Blvd.) and numerous locations on the trail will be marked by event sponsors to raise awareness of community resources available to trail users.

Registration is available at and day-of registration also will be available at the event. There is a cost to register for the event. Every participant will receive a raffle ticket to win sponsor-donated prizes. Buffalo Valley Outfitters donated two gift certificates each, good for a bike or kayak rental. Additional raffle prizes will also be included in the drawing, and are being collected now. Day-of registration and raffle pick-up begin at 10 a.m., with a group welcome and raffle drawings beginning at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds from tax-deductible donations will benefit BAP.

For sponsorship information, contact Jonathan Walls, Bicycles Against Poverty sponsorship chair, at 570-854-7091 or