Kenya Bicycle Taxis
I love bicycles- vintage schwinns are my favorite (duh!). But today I happened to stumble upon these beautiful bicycles…
These are bicycle taxis used in Kenya. These Kenyan Bike Taxis also known as boda-boda. The designs are unique, equipped with an extra large passenger seat and a hand-pumped radio. Not to forget the bright colours that hypnotize you to take a ride. Photographed by James Mollison for Colors Magazine
Info On Kenyan Bicycle Taxis :
Kisumu’s bike taxi commuters can now cross town for half the price of a matatu ride, and they usually arrive at their destinations faster because the bicycles, known as “boda bodas,” maneuver through traffic more easily. The bikes also bring environmental benefits, including cleaner air and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. And bicycle taxis offer a means of income for a larger share of the population, compared with the more capital-intensive and gasoline-dependent matatus.
But as bicycles bring greater prosperity to their owners, local matatu businesses are struggling. Some drivers have attempted to survive by courting a niche market of people traveling to Nairobi; others have decided to sell their vehicles and buy their own bicycles. The bikes do have drawbacks, however: many cyclists are hit and killed by reckless motorists. Bike taxis also favor the strong and able, as cyclists rely on their own power to transport several times their body weight.
Interest in bicycle transport is growing across Africa as companies seek to design high-quality yet affordable bikes, and as government policies promote their use. In Ghana, bike sales now stand at about 30 per 1,000 people, roughly 50 percent higher than in China, a much wealthier country. But China remains the world’s largest bicycle producer, accounting for some 58 percent of the world total. Worldwide, bike production has grown steadily in recent years, with more than 100 million units manufactured annually.