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.

Read More:  http://www.fabio.or.ug/

Uvumbuzi @ VeloCity Copenhagen

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.

Check out his video from his presentation on

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Bicycle donated by FABIO to school going children

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.

Umma Wa Wapanda Baisikeli (UWABA)

Umma Wa Wapanda Baisikeli Dar es Salaam (UWABA) is an NGO made up of members who use cycles as their everyday means of transport in Dar es Salaam.  Members include ordinary cyclists, cyclists with disabilities who use arm-cycles and those who transport goods on three wheeled cycles (tricycle).

Our aims are to encourage cycling as a sustainable means of urban transport and toimprove safety for cyclists in Dar es Salaam through cycle safety education and lobbying the Government for safer road infrastructure and better law enforcement.

Read More:  www.uwaba.or.tz/index-en.htm

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

BEN South Africa

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/