Our mission is to build sustainable bamboo bicycles that turn heads without breaking the bank, and reinvest a portion of our profits back into basic transportation needs of developing communities around the world.
Matthew Wilkins, Chief Executive Officer


The production of bamboo bicycles not only fills transit needs sustainably, but it also puts the underemployed to work. With your help, we will sell enough bikes to not only help people around the world gain access to better education, healthcare, and jobs but also help build their local economies through the production of bamboo bicycles.



A love for basketball brought Matt and Chris together during their freshman year at The George Washington University. Over the course of their four collegiate years in the nation’s capital, they discovered they had a lot more in common. Matt, with his engineering expertise, and Chris, with his business acumen, found there existed a natural synergy between their two fields — the creation of products engineered with a purpose. Back and forth brainstorming about how to better the world contributed to many late nights, and this four-year conversation culminated with Pedal Forward.

Matthew Wilkins

Chief Executive Officer

Matt is an engineer who loves to bike. When he was in seventh grade, Matt, his Dad, and his best friend went for a bike ride leaving from his house in New York. Five days later, they were in Boston. This trip sparked Matt’s love for cycling, and he has been enjoying the road on two wheels ever since. As an avid cyclist and engineer, Matt decided to build his first bicycle in 2011, a decision that led him to co-founding Pedal Forward.

Christopher Deschenes

Exec. V President/Chief Marketing Officer

Contrary to popular belief, Chris is not an engineer. A graduate of the School of Business at The George Washington University, Chris once, like many youngsters who were hyped up on a certain neon-green carbonated beverage that we aren’t sure we can mention for legal reasons, envisioned himself as a pro-bmx biker. Despite his ardent persistence, that didn’t work out. But now, he’s here.

Olivia Hyde

Director of Strategic Growth

We're a growing group of individuals who are trying to change the world!


  • Kelly Garofalo: Social Media Manager


  • CJ Bell: Technical Advisor
  • Randy Schur: CAD Advisor
  • Tony Lyons: Manufacturing Intern

       Based in the US

       Based in the US