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Bamboo Bike Project


Description: The bike is an inexpensive and effective option for impoverished regions made from Bamboo that has been smoked and heat treated to prevent splitting. Lugs are available in carbon fiber or hemp fiber, for the all-natural look. The chain-stays are available in carbon fiber for extra stiffness in the drive-train. Award-winning effectiveness.

Why: The Bamboo Bike Project is a collaboration between Scientists and Engineers at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and a bicycle builder at Calfee Design. The project 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:

  1. To build a better bike for poor Africans in rural areas.

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

Implementation Effort: Advanced

Audience: Communities, Industries

Climate Type: Dry/Arid, Temperate, Tropical

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