Several studies on the relation between transport and development have shown that bicycles are often the most appropriate technology for short distances, with the lowest operating costs in sub-Saharan Africa. They can be used on both paved roads and low-quality paths by broad segments of the population. A bicycle carries up to four times the weight, goes three times as far and travels three times as fast as a person walking.
As part of an organised system that provides access to ongoing spare parts and maintenance, the bicycle can be an important development tool. In a poor community, access to a bicycle means greater independence and increased social, economic and educational opportunities.
BEN Namibia aims to empower disadvantaged Namibians through provision of sustainable transport and bicycle-related income generation opportunities.
To be a recognised leader on bicycles for development in Namibia.
- Provision of affordable and sustainable transport to disadvantaged people.
- Provision of bicycle-related sustainable income generation opportunities.
- Promotion of cycling as a healthy, affordable, sustainable and dignified means of transport.
- Advocacy for improved sustainable transport infrastructure in Windhoek.
- Promotion of knowledge sharing and networking amongst the global ‘bicycles for development’ movement, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.