It is a matter of fact in the rural areas of the Mekong delta: Not only the lack of money but also the long distance to school is a crucial factor for high drop-out rates. Therefore, every year, the Dariu Foundation grants bikes to children with a long distance to school. But is there a proven impact?
In Bihar state in India, the government decided to give away bicycles in order to reach the schools a little easier. This is not only a very popular end environmental friendly approach. It also has increased the likelihood that girls stay in school by 30 percent and, moreover, the gender gap enrollment was reduced by 40 percent.
You will find the whole research at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a report at The Atlantic.