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
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
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/