U.S. Commits $3.5 Million to Provide Bicycles for Africans in Rural Areas
The US aims to provide rural residents in Sub-Saharan Africa with affordable bicycles to improve their mobility.
The Bicycles for Growth initiative, which is being implemented by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will cost $3.5 million.
The program, according to a statement released by USAID on Monday, aims to promote sustainable access to cheap bicycles in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The USAID will work with the J.E. Austin Association and World Bicycle Relief.
In Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia, the program will fund research into the supply, demand, and supporting mechanisms for bicycle access.
“The teams will undertake pilot projects in four to six areas in two of these nations based on the outcomes of the assessment phase, with the goal of reducing barriers to increased availability and use of low-cost, durable, and adjustable bicycles.”
According to the statement, “the Bicycle for Growth Initiative shows a simple yet successful method to tackling a common development concern.”
The group is supposed to come up with and demonstrate strategies for increasing bicycle adoption among people who can’t afford or don’t have access to other modes of transportation.
“Due to great distances and limited transportation alternatives, many communities in Sub-Saharan Africa struggle to access health services, education, economic opportunities, and basic social services.”
“These issues are particularly pressing in rural areas. In many places of Sub-Saharan Africa, walking is the primary form of transportation.
Bicycles may be a cheap, accessible, dependable, and efficient alternative to walking, with higher carrying capacity and easier access to important locations, according to the statement.