Solution by: Bright Generation Community Foundation
Durable Bamboo Bikes for Greater Mobility The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative manufactures high-quality, multi-purpose bikes out of local bamboo that are suitable for rough terrain and adapted to local needs.
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The bikes currently available in Ghana are often of poor quality and unsuitable for local needs. In response, this solution empowers people in rural areas with the technology they need to make durable bikes out of Ghana’s abundant bamboo resources. Communities manufacture affordable bicycles and frames, providing employment where few economic opportunities are available. The bicycles are then sold both locally and abroad.
ENVIRONMENTAL Bamboo bike production waste is used to manufacture charcoal briquettes to reduce indoor air pollution and conserve forests. THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE
SOCIAL In addition to creating new job opportunities, bicycles provide users with greater access to essential services, such as water, food and health facilities.
The bikes can withstand rough terrain and inclement weather, and are designed to allow for local maintenance and repairs. Moreover, the design can easily be modified to accommodate different needs, such as carrying farm loads, passengers, water, or health workers’ kits. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? Bicycles represent a reliable form of transport for rural Ghanaians due to their affordability and the inefficiency of public transport alternatives. Moreover, bikes reduce transportation time, open new markets for trade, enable farmers to carry goods to markets, and improve access to social services. This solution represents a valuable investment in the local economy and sustain-
ECONOMIC Bike users are able to transport more goods quicker and over longer distances. This results in more time available for work or selling products.
able transportation. The initiative is also developing a multi-purpose cargo bicycle integrated with a phone charger, enabling riders with no access to electricity to charge their phones as they pedal.
“Our bikes can withstand large loads, rough terrain, and inclement weather, and are configured to be not only affordable, but also maintained and repaired locally.” BERNICE DAPAAH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GHANA BAMBOO BIKES INITIATIVE
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Published on May 26, 2015