About Me

Welcome to Wamuyu’s Blog!

My name is Wamuyu Kariuki, a road safety educator and international motorcycle traveler.  I head the safety pillar at PBAK.  My professional career has largely been in the oil and gas industry, operations, policies and regulations.
In my biking life, I first did my first solo motorcycle adventure in  2017 for 10 days covering 3,100 kms. Pioneering the across the border motorcycle travel by women in Kenya. Thereafter, I have traveled to 20 countries on a motorcycle. (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and have also been to Antartica) .
In November 2018 I made a presentation in the Horizon Unlimited in South Africa speaking about traveling the world on a motorcycle from Africa. In 2019 I was appointed the  Women Riders World Relay (WRWR) ambassador for  Kenya and Tanzania. I returned home to participate in the relay in January 2020 as Kenya held a critical position in the completion of the relay.  I also volunteered in the organization for two years starting as a facebook group moderator and then a member of the regional team overseeing Africa, Asia and Europe. During this time, I was part of the development of the WRWR handbook.
I am the founder of the first ever women commercial riders club – Malkia Moto Club and  IRIDE4HELMET which is a helmet safety initiative geared to educating commercial riders on the use of helmets and compliance with traffic laws and regulations.  Our goal is to increase use of helmets, reduce deaths from motorcycle accidents and bring dignity to the industry.
I am passionate about road safety and only integrity and honesty will get us all to achieve our goals.  Arrive alive means one more hug to a loved one.

DREAM | EXPLORE | INSPIRE.

Blogs

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR ROAD MARKINGS?

Welcome to #roadsafetywednesday. You can listen to my radio show on freshmradio.com every Wednesday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm E.A.T. Catch up on every week’s topic right here incase you miss the radio show. I will also work on uploading the same on the YouTube for those who prefer to listen. Instagram @wamuyu ; Twitter …

WOMEN CHALLENGING THE MOTORCYCLE SECTOR – BEATRICE “TRIS” NJERI – INSPIRING THE YOUNG GENERATION (BLOG 2)

Who is Tris ? I am a 23 year old who is totally immersed in the motorcycle industry. I am a training instructor, a racer, a sales executive and own a motorcycle dealership.  I am more a hands on person and to be honest I did not enjoy school much. So as soon as I …

WOMEN CHALLENGING THE MOTORCYCLE SECTOR – SUSAN MULLEI – RIDING INSTRUCTOR. (BLOG 1).

We start off the series with the amazing Susan commonly known as Su, who is an instructor. Learning how to ride comes first and we could not skip this important part of riding. Who is Su? Su is passionate about riding, loves riding and talks about riding to everyone who cares to listen.  Su is …

Campaigns

 

I RIDE 4 HELMETS

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

I RIDE 4 HELMETS is founded under the simple idea that all motorcycle riders deserve access to affordable, safe and certified helmets. 

The goal of this campaign is to continuously educate riders and pillions on the importance and basic facts of wearing properly fitting, secured and certified helmets.Through this, we hope to increase use of helmets. 

The initiative started off with an online campaign on Instagram and YouTube which included informative and educational videos. 

This is our first helmet drive and we plan to make it an annual event to be held every September. The helmets will be donated to riders in the commercial sector (boda bodas, delivery riders, security firms riders) as well as pillions.

WHO IS BEHIND THE CAMPAIGN

The I RIDE 4 HELMETS is operated by myself (Wamuyu Kariuki). 

I have ridden motorcycles since October 2015 and traveled to 20 countries on the motorcycles.  I started off with a ZMR Karizma 223, moved to a Royal Enfield 350 bullet, KB 400 and currently riding a BMW 700 GS. Through my riding, I have been able to interact and experience the riding culture in different countries. 

Of all types of injuries, those to the brain are among the most likely to result in death or permanent disability.  During the two years traveling, I learned that the lack of use of helmets by riders is not unique to Kenya but it is a global issue.  However, the prevalent rate is different in different countries and Kenya is among those with a high prevalence rate. 36% of patients who present to the emergency department because of a road traffic crash are motorcyclists; and 75% of these patients admitted to not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Helmet wearing among motorcycle passengers is as low as 3%.

The decision to launch the I RIDE FOR HELMETS campaign was informed by the need to create more awareness, sensitize and educate riders on the importance of wearing helmets.  Road traffic crashes, injuries and deaths involving motorcycles has increased noticeably and is putting a heavy burden on families, communities and the health system in general. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

By spreading the word of the campaign to all of your contacts.  If you have a helmet that you no longer use and it is in good condition, kindly donate it to I RIDE 4 HELMET.

I RIDE 4 HELMET SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONTACTS

Instagram: –  @iride4helmets

YouTube: –  WK Media

Email: – iride4helmets@gmail.com

#roadsafetybeginswithme

 

Media

Since I started riding and traveling on motorcycles, I have received admirations from people all over the world.  People are generally surprised when they find out I am a woman riding a motorcycle as my sole means of travel across countries and continents.

Every time this happens, I think of the girl or boy somewhere in the world doubting their ability to achieve their dream. My mission is to inspire the girls and boys, women and men to face their fears and doubts and achieve those dreams.  There is no age limit to achieving your dream. All dreams are valid. It is never too late.

MEDIA INTERVIEW.

I have had a couple of interviews. Below are the links. I hope that you learn something from my life’s journey.  Use my contact page to reach me for questions or a chat.

  1. Expedition Portal – August 2020 –

All Things Kenya | Interview With Dos and Wamuyu Kariuki of Throttle Adventures

  1. Travelog February, 2020 – Love kindled on the road – page 10, 11 & 14
  2. Weekend with Betty on K24 TV channel – Upclose with female biker
  3. In the May 2019 issue of Nomad Magazine featuring Throttle Adventures
  4. Expedition Portal had this to share.
  5. In support of Women Riders World Relay
  6. I got featured in the book “I can, I Will” which you can buy on the link or read more about it there.
  7. Landcruisig Adventure on Solo Women Motorcyclists.
  8. Adventure.com on tales from women on the road.
  9. Pulse Magazine Nigeria exclusive interview.
  10. BBC News also honored us with an interview.
  11. Travel Noire Magazine on our travel story.
  12. Face to Face Africa.
  13. African News by Reuters on our world tour. It is in French.
  14. KBC our National Broadcasting interview.
  15. Global Women who Ride on Global women who ride writing about a Biker Mom.
  16. Business daily on Biking Adventure take City Riders out of Town
  17. On TV this is how things went down.  
  18. One award winning blogger wrote this.
  19. Second time i met Thomas Rajula and he still had more to say about me.
  20. My first interview with Thomas, oooh my i was so so scared.  I had not done one before and was really afraid of telling about me. You can read it here.

Contact

I would love to hear from you and will make sure i respond to your email.

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