Bamboo Bike Project

PI(s): 
John C. Mutter
PI(s): 
David T. Ho

The Bamboo Bike Project is a project by Scientists and Engineers at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and aims to examine the feasibility of implementing cargo bikes made of bamboo as a sustainable form of transportation in Africa.  The ultimate goals of the project are:

To build a much better bike for poor Africans in rural areas at a price they can afford

To stimulate a bicycle building industry in Africa by Africans to satisfy local needs.

We have determined that it is possible to source the material and supplies necessary to build a bamboo cargo bicycle in Africa, and train the local people to build the bikes.  The next steps are:

To setup systematic bamboo cargo bike building facility in Africa beginning in Ghana

To setup a supply chain of necessary parts and supplies.

To scale the effort so that it makes an impact on rural poverty.