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Bicycling for Better Health in Low-Income Communities Solution by: FABIO

FABIO builds capacity for using bicycles as ambulances in rural Uganda, increasing access to health care in marginalized communities.

The Triple Bottom Line

Environmental The increased motorization in Ugandan urban areas has led to increased congestion and carbon emissions, which makes the bicycle a useful alternative.

Social Bicycles promote good health through physical exercise and increase accessibility to public and social services.

Economic The price of 200 bicycle ambulances equals the price of one car ambulance, according to the European Institute for Sustainable Transport.

FABIO distributes bicycle ambulances in poor Ugandan communities and sets up local expertise to repair and use the ambulances properly. FABIO’s bicycle model increases access to health care by facilitating bicycle-related programs that make this cheap, non-motorized form of transportation more readily available to marginalized communities. FABIO also promotes the general use of bicycles by setting up local repair shops and employing young people. By establishing bicycle rental programs for tourists, FABIO is both making a profit and broadening the profile of cycling. Why a Sustainia100 solution? Over 80% of people in Uganda cannot afford motorized transport, limiting mobilty in rural areas. This affects everyone 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. A bicycle is one of the most affordable, effective and environmentally-friendly means of transport.

Developed: Uganda

Deployed:  Uganda 

“Cycling is the intelligent solution for people all over the world to be mobile in a way that is both  in harmony with the environment  and  less stressful .” Kayemba Patrick, Executive director, FABIO


Sustainia100 2014