FABIO is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that seeks to promote the use of sustainable transport solutions with major emphasis on active transport and mass public transport. It uses the bicycle as a tool for improving the livelihoods of the vulnerable communities through enhancing the community access to basic services.
How we improve livelihoods
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Our Programmes and Projects
FABIO advocates for active and sustainable transport and building capacities of people in Uganda through the different projects.
Multi - Input Resilience Project
As a result of the Bicycle Emergency response that was implemented during the lockdown, FABIO realised that there was urgency to build the capacities of people in preparing themselves in times of crisis/disaster. FABIO with support from ALL WE CAN embarked on the Multi-Input Resilience Project in Butagaya in six (6) villages of Nabukosi, Bulanga, Bubugo, Lubani, Lumuli and Mabira.
This project is intended to improve knowledge of vulnerable community members on how to prepare for and / or respond to disaster. The project is designed in VISLA model where eight (8) groups were formed in those villages and these were trained on the basic saving skills upon completion of the trainings, each group received bicycles and start up equipment for starting a VISLA.
The groups already started saving as it is anticipated that one uses a bicycle to do something productive and then able to save some money for the future.
BICYCLE as an Emergency Response to COVID-19
FABIO with support from All We Can is implementing a bicycle rapid emergency response in Butagaya Sub county Jinja District. The objective of the response is to address some critical areas related to the ongoing lockdown and travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on facilitating poor families to access markets and health facilities.
E-Mobility in Uganda
FABIO in collaboration with European Institute for Sustainable Transport (EURIST) is exploring the potential for E-Mobility in Uganda. To start with FABIO piloted 3 E-bikes in the rural setting in Uganda. Each E-Bike is equipped with a lithium ion battery and a bottom Bracket Electric Motor.
GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAMME
The Governance and Human Rights Program aims at strengthening and nurturing communities to advocate for a democracy that serves all citizens in Uganda. The program works for social, economic and political accountability of local government to the communities.
CYCLE FOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME
This programme focuses on increasing incomes for vulnerable communities through provision of subsidized bicycles to various groups of people including among others the youth, women and low income earners.
CYCLE TO SCHOOL PROGRAMME
The Cycle to school programme aims at ensuring access to education among vulnerable students. The programme target is to reach out to all vulnerable families in Busoga Sub Region by 2030. Currently, the programme focuses on students and teachers of secondary schools in Uganda.
ADVOCACY FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT PROGRAMME
Since 2001, FABIO advocates for active and sustainable transport. Recognizing that most of the African countries including Uganda did not have comprehensive transport policies and plan, we engage on activities with the Ministry of Works and Transport, KCC then now KCCA, and lower urban councils of Jinja and Iganga.
WORLD BICYCLE DAY 3RD JUNE 2020
As we celebrate the world bicycle day we would like to take this opportunity to remind the world at large the advantages of using bicycles.
Riding bicycles has many individual and city-wide benefits. For the individual, riding a bicycle provides exercise, reducing the risk of disease, while improving our health and strength. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 150 minutes of physical activity per week, which can be achieved by bicycle transportation. Cycling also reduces air pollution, which irritates human lungs, worsens asthma and emphysema and increases the risk of heart attacks and premature deaths. As we can see from the improvement in air quality during the COVID-19 lockdown, vehicles are one of the major emitters of air pollution in Uganda, generating fine particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which harm human health. The World Health Organization estimates 1.3 million deaths every year from the effects of urban air pollution. Bicycle transportation is also cheaper than using public transportation or buying fuel for cars, helping families save money.
For cities, cycling as a mode of transportation has many positive impacts. First, bicycle transportation reduces air pollution, which benefits everyone. Cycling also encourages residents to spend time outdoors, enjoying parks, retail services and other urban amenities. Lastly, cycling can help get residents to/from public transportation stations easily (‘last mile connections’), and provision of parking for bicycles is cheaper and requires less space than providing parking for automobiles in the city.
We would like to thank H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for promoting bicycles as a means of urban transportation in Uganda, during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
For bicycle transportation to grow, our cities need more safe, attractive, and accessible bicycle infrastructure. This includes segregated bicycle and pedestrian lanes within the public right-of-way, adequatebicycle parking throughout the city, bicycle hubs near transit stages and centers of employment and schools, and inclusion of bicycle boxes at major road junctions. We must also sensitize the public about the benefits of cycling, teaching children and adults how to cycle safely, and provide access to affordable bicycles. Lastly, we will need to rely on the Police to help make the roads safe for everyone, including cyclists.
(Written by Katesi Najjiba FABIO and Anna Oursler WRI)
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