A bicycle can make the difference in this world. A bicycle can be a tool to reduce poverty in Africa, improve access to health care, education, potable water as well as being a catalyst is combating climate change. Wiki-bike.com is organising a African Bicycle Design Contest 2010-2011 with the aim to design bicycles tuned to needs of (potential) bicycle users in Africa.
8th May 2010 to 22nd May 2010
The African Bicycle Network had its first exchange visit between Victoria Boda Boda Sacco (VBBS) form Kenya, Bicycle Sponsorship Programme and Workshop (BSPW) from Uganda and one of the CooP bike designers from TU Delft Netherlands.
During this exchange visit both organizations shared their experiences in the manufacturing of the CooP and experiences and ideas of running a workshop. The aim was to manufacture 8 CooP bikes during these 2 weeks, and to acquire the skills to produce more after the exchange visit
This year’s Velo-city Global brings together a multitude of voices across geographical and professional borders in order to form a platform for the exchange of experience,knowledge, and inspiration.
Jagi Gakunju of Uvumbuzi did a presentation at VeloCity Global in Copenhagen
The theme: Developing cycling in developing countries.
My name is James, 6 years old and first born of the family. We are only two children with my sister who is 2 years old. Our father is a taxi driver. I am happy to get a bicycle which helps me to go to school early.
I ride the bicycle everyday to school with the help of my friend Asarif Galiwango who also has his own bicycle but he is older than me because he is in primary four at a neighboring school called Kasokoso primary school in Uganda. I need another bicycle when I grow up in primary four when I am ten years.
Thank you for sending us bicycles which have helped us to play and go to school.
Before I got a bicycle from FABIO, my father used to take me to school before he starts working. It was very hard for him and me because he leaves home very early to take other children to different schools for money. This bicycle helps me not to wake up too early to catch my fathers’ taxi.
I still have my bicycle but one day other children had stolen my bicycle but returned it after their mother asked them to bring it back to school.
The Ministry of Infrastructure in Tanzania is in the process of drafting regulations under the Roads Act – there are already one set of roads regulations and now a second set are being drafted. The Roads Act is an act which governs the construction and management of roads, but some provisions also touch on road traffic, although this is primarily covered in the Road Traffic Act.
UWABA received a copy of the draft regulations through road safety NGO contacts in Tanzania and were told we could email comments to a Ministry official. UWABA members went through the draft regulations and came up with some ideas, but we also wished to get an international expert on cycling issues to also contribute ideas. This also helps raise the profile of our comments and show that we have researched the issue properly and therefore helps us as a local NGO to be taken more seriously.
Through the African Bicycle Network we were put in contact with Stephen of I-CE who kindly went through the regulations and submitted comments. We gave these to the Ministry as well as our own comments document. We then heard about a stakeholders meeting on the draft regulations (again through other Tanzania contacts and not directly from the Ministry) and we attended this meeting. The Ministry were very welcoming to us during the stakeholders meeting and very receptive to the ideas we had compiled. The Ministry agreed to incorporate many of the comments into the draft regulations. Currently we are waiting to receive a second draft of the regulations.
UWABA, Dar es Salam – Tanzania
In recent years Cycling out of poverty has provided a large number of bicycles on micro credit to small entrepreneurs in Africa. By getting access to bicycles this way, their business opportunities increase. However, more and more small entrepreneurs indicate that the average African bicycle is not adequate for their businesses. Carrying larger loads is a challenge with a normal bicycle. Many Africans are very capable of transporting large amounts of products on their bicycle. But there is a need for modified bicycles… Click here for the whole story
Kampala Cycling is part of LYMPDA. Lubya Youth ManPower Development Agency (LYMPDA) is a local humanitarian organization which works in the poorest neighborhoods of Kampala and helps children and their community by sports… Have a look at this video:
BEN Namibiaempowers disadvantaged Namibians, promoting cycling as a healthy, affordable, sustainable and dignified means of transport and providing bicycle-related income generation opportunities… Have a look at this video:
Early 2009 FABIO gave out the first bicycle ambulances in Katakwi district… Have a look at this video:
Cycling to school is a programme funded by KLM 90 years and Wings of Support and is initiated by Cycling out of poverty and Victoria Boda Boda Sacco (VBBS)… Have a look at this video: