First African Bicycle Information Organization (FABIO)

As the economies and societies of Africa continue to develop it is important that this growth occurs in a sustainable fashion which benefits not only the stakeholders involved, but the world as a whole.  The First African Bicycle Information Organization (FABIO) is a Uganda based non-governmental organization that believes in utilizing non-motorized transport as a vital tool for sustainable development.

One of the contributing factors to poverty in underdeveloped areas of Africa is the lack of a viable form of transportation.  From the farmer who cannot take large loads of crops to the market for sale, to the family who cannot transport their sick mother to a hospital; FABIO aspires to help build the capacity of these groups to improve their own lives.  These issues are addressed through FABIO’s bicycle-related programs that aim to help make non-motorized forms of transportation more readily available to marginalized communities.

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Draft regulations Roads Act Tanzania

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