Bandha Bikes

Bandha Bikes

Bandha Bikes are Bamboo bikes manufactured for transportation in Uganda.

Product description Brand name and 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 USD.

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) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)
Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Bandha Bikes

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The cost of the bicycle is 250 USD, the retail price is unknown.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

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.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

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

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