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.
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.
The Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) was launched in Cape Town on 7 February 2002. BEN promotes the use of bicycles in order to address low-cost mobility, health and access to opportunity, employment, skills and education. In collaboration with both national and international development/ donor agencies, the project facilitates the transportation of bicycles from Europe, Great Britain and the United States to South Africa, the establishment of bicycle workshop projects and the introduction of bicycle user paths/ networks. To ensure the success of the project, BEN has established working partnerships with the Netherlands based Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE) the Shova Kalula (Pedal Easy) project of the South African National Department of Transport (NDoT), the cities of Cape Town, Tshwane and Johannesburg, and various SA CSO’s and cycling organisations. BEN is a national program based in Cape Town.
Read More: http://www.benbikes.org.za/