Bandha Bikes

Hatch International

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.]

Check out their promotional video [here]

In addition to selling the bicycle, Bandha also taught their local community of Jinja, Uganda, how to build, maintain and repair their own bicycle.

Product description

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.]

Check out their promotional video [here]

In addition to selling the bicycle, Bandha also taught their local community of Jinja, Uganda, how to build, maintain and repair their own bicycle.

Target region(s)
Distributors/implementing organizations
Market suggested retail price

The cost of the bicycle is [$250,] though the retail price is unknown.

Competitive landscape

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] (http://solutions.engineeringforchange.org/products/298 “http://solutions.engineeringforchange.org/products/298”) from World Bicycle Relief.
In addition, options such as commute by foot or bus would be part of the competition.

SDG targeted

[Goal #11:] Sustaianable cities and communities

Target user(s)

Low-income individuals lacking other options for transportation, and those seeking income-generating opportunities that are connected to bicycle ownership

The @AutodeskFdn blogged about our how-to guide for communities writing proposals for development projects https://t.co/MlRH1H0x2F