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.
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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