This product is no longer in production. Interview with designer
Bandha Bikes was a project to increase access to transportation for people in Ugandan villages. By creating and distributing bamboo bikes, they helped residents achieve basic needs and access to resources. Having identified local sources of bamboo to harvest sustainably, Bandha imported hemp wrap and steel parts for the remainder of the bicycle, bringing the estimated build cost to the $250.
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In addition to selling the bicycle, Bandha also taught their local community of Jinja, Uganda, how to build, maintain and repair their own bicycle.
The cost of the bicycle is $250, though the retail price is unknown.
Competing options would include existing local bike manufacturers and distributors, as well as international organizations with a presence in the region, such as Buffalo Bikes from World Bicycle Relief. In addition, options such as commute by foot or bus would be part of the competition.
Goal #11: Sustaianable cities and communities
Low-income individuals lacking other options for transportation, and those seeking income-generating opportunities that are connected to bicycle ownership
The number of people that can fit within product [Persons]
The ratio between the rates at which the last and first gears rotate
Design specifications have not been publicly released.
When in operation, Bandha Bikes partnered with two community organizations based in Uganda: Skills of Hope Africa and Nansana Children’s Center. These partnerships offered insight, critique, and guidance on the project’s content, along with a bridge between domestic planning and foreign implementation.
If the parts are standard to the given distribution market, replacement components are available locally.
The manufacturer has not released their internal performance goals.
Testing done by the manufacturer.
Potential hazards include traffic accidents or pedestrian crashes.
It is possible for a cart to be attached to the bicycle to transport goods. There are also a range of attachments available to be hitched to a bicycle for agricultural productivity, as well as technology that harnesses the kinetic energy of motion to produce electricity (i.e. dynamo phone chargers).
Academic research is not available for this product. However, an independent NGO has gathered related research and information regarding development-dependent bicycle resources here.
For locally made bamboo bicycles, evaluation is done by the manufacturer.
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