Bicycles in Uganda



Country:
Uganda
Why to choose this solution?
They are the principal means of transportation in many regions of the Uganda. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as toys for children, general fitness, military and police applications, courier services, bicycle racing, and bicycle stunts.The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation. The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but of access to education, health care and sport. The synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment. The bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation and conveys a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production, and has a positive impact on climate.
Savings per day or production:
Bicycle riding reduces carbon emissions, decreases the need for more roadways, reduces landfill waste. One of the encouraging green facts is that 75% of the parts of a car are recyclable, improves air quality because bicycling is a zero emissions way to get from place to place. Bicycling is also another way to reduce CO2 emissions and can help protect wildlife. Bicycling is economically friendly in a way that it helps reduce healthcare expenses because they help reduce stress and overall health. With bicycles, there is reduced expenses on daily transportation, car insurance and parking costs.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
A bicycle costs about 250,000-500,000 Uganda Shillings (71.4 - 142 USD). However, the price depends on the size, and purpose of the bicycle.
Lifetime:
About 15 years, but the lifetime depends on the how the owner handles it through maintenance.
Maintenance needed:
Keep the bicycle clean by washing it regularly. The drive train should be kept clean and well lubed. A chain cleaner tool will make chain cleaning much easier. Check the tire pressure always and ensure nuts and bolts are tight. Brakes should be checked regularly, index the gears and replace wear and tear components.
Resources needed in use:
Knowledge on how to ride.
Problems and limits:
Bicycles are slower compared to other means of transport. Bicycles are also weather sensitive as a rider is not protected from rain, sunshine and dust. Bicycle seats are not so comfortable compared to other means of transport and riding for long time is so tiresome and sometime ends up causing wrist and back pain. Bicycles are not easily traced once stolen. Flat tires, inability to carry many stuff, challenges of route and traffic and fear of the unknown.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
They can be accesses from bicycle houses, bicycle shops, bicycle garages in Uganda and sometime buying a second hand from an individual who no longer needs it.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
Production needs skilled personnel and to use the bicycle it needs knowledge on how to ride it.
How to use it:
Not relevant
How to maintain it:
Not relevant
Climate effect (if any):
Bicycles are environmentally friendly since they do not emit any carbon in the atmosphere like these other means of transport. Use of bicycles is the only way to cut carbon emissions in urban transportation.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
Bicycles are used almost in all regions in Uganda. There are over 990,000 bicycle users in the country.
Why is it successful?
Bicycles are the cheapest means of transportation to own. Environmentalists encourage bicycles as the best environmentally friendly mean of transportation. Riding bicycle is a mean of doing physical exercise for health.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
Production needs skilled personnel and to use the bicycle it needs knowledge on how to ride it.
How to make it (if possible):
Not relevant
How is it delivered and by whom?
Advertisements of the recent mode of the bicycles by the manufacturer. Making selling discounts at the bicycle house or shops.
Successful financial model
Offering retail sales of new bicycles. Offering discounts for wholesalers. Selling promotions especially during celebrations.
What policies and strategies helped the success?
The government has stopped overlooking the bicycle in its policies, budgeting, taxing and other major activities. The private sector has also been innovative by pushing the government to remove taxes. The civil society has also raised its voice and pushed governments, private sector actors and users to greater and more efficient use of bicycles.
More info:
http://www.jugendhilfe-ostafrika.de/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Overview-bicycles-Uganda.pdf
Sources:
Offering retail sales of new bicycles. Offering discounts for wholesalers. Selling promotions especially during celebrations.
Name of the association uploading the case:
JEEP
When was the case uploaded? (YYYY-MM-DD):
2020-10-15