Bicycles as an African Way of Life

Rural Africa is learning to embrace bicycles as a means of transportation.

Itir Sonuparlak writes on growing bicycle use in Africa:

"More and more people are relying on bicycles to access sources of income, social services and clean water; and, local non-profit organizations are working to make bicycles affordable and accessible. "Politicians may tell us that bicycles are a sign that we are not advancing," says Patrick Kayemba, the managing director of the First African Bicycle Information Organization (FABIO), at the international cycling planning conference in Seville, Spain in March 2011. "We ourselves have seen that cycling is a socio-economic tool. It works now-we don't have to wait for someone to rescue us with better public transport," Kayemba adds."

FABIO is working in Uganda on a sort of bicycle credit system.

Thanks to Jeffrey Riecke

Full Story: Bicycles as a Source of Income in Africa

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