World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda are strong and consistent supporters of bike sharing projects created in university settings, particularly when planned and implemented on the basis of collaboration with students and faculty. We have reported on the excellent bike sharing project at Taiwan National University, and today we are pleased to share with you information just in from the Bike Sharing Project at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda. Projects like this not only improve mobility and environment for all within the target area, but also serve to prepare future leaders.
The Bike Sharing Project at Makerere University is part of the project “Promoting bicycling in Kampala” being implemented by UST-Network (Uganda Sustainable Transport Network) in collaboration with the Dutch Cycling Embassy, with support from UN-Habitat.
The Project ‘Promoting Cycling in Kampala’ has been undertaken in the context of recent policy developments and related initiatives both ongoing and planned for the city of Kampala. This includes Kampala’s recently adopted Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) Policy, planned NMT corridor and the NMT components of the ongoing SUSTRAN (Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East African Cities) Project which is concurrently being implemented in Kampala as well as the BRT project.
Preference for Makerere University
Makerere University was preferred and singled out basing on the following specific aspects;
1. The attitude of cycling in Kampala
2. Safety of the cyclists within campus
3. Acceptability of the project by administration
4. Nature of the project-Pilot
5. Existing population group-Youthful/the future
6. The Future: research and multiplier effect
7. Existing demand: Some student cyclists
8. The size and impact of the institution (Approx. 40,000 students) and impact on future outcomes
9. Accessibility within the university campus
Operationalization of the bike sharing scheme
Currently, bike sharing is on-going, and students and staff of one college were piloted because of project management and bicycle security
There are more male than female borrowers
Regarding bike security, the project was dubbed “cycle for health”, in order to discourage parking and abandoning of the bikes at different destinations. This was because there are bicycle parking facilities as well as security. Also, it was assumed that health would be very important for most of the targeted people, hence attractive.
There is also day time and night time security for the bikes
Students who had initially been riding their own bikes now have descent parking on the project rack, but at it its back
Also, the project has been more than appreciated and liked by the main beneficiaries, the university and the general public. This has been done mainly through Facebook, and evaluation at the bike borrowing location, which is still on-going.
A section of the media also picked interest in it and covered it (The Observer and Red pepper, FM Radio Simba).
Some of the feedback includes; need for similar facilities within the whole university campus, open it up to more students
For now the demand is higher than expected.
The peak borrowing time is 2-5 Pm
Students and staff from the other colleges feel discriminated against
Bicycle maintenance is carried out regularly by the team
Weekly meetings are held to review progress
For next plans, we have sought bicycle lights and reflectors from ANWB a FIA member club from the Netherlands. The items have already arrived in Uganda, and are yet to be collected.
Evaluation is on-going and that will also inform on the next steps required
The following is a summary of our guiding terms and conditions;
BIKE SHARING PILOT PROJECT AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY 2014
“CYCLING FOR HEALTH WITHIN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS”
(Please note that once your signature is appended against your name terms and conditions (below) apply. Please read them carefully before borrowing the bike)
Terms and Conditions of
1. All borrowed bicycles are property of UST-Network
2. Borrowing is only done between 8:00 am and 6:00 Pm
3. Borrowing is only possible from Monday till Saturday (This is to allow for maintenance of the bikes on Sundays)
4. You MUST know how to ride. UST-Network and its partners are not liable to any injuries suffered as a result of learning
5. Abide by the traffic rules and regulations, as stipulated in the Road Safety and Traffic Regulations Act of Uganda
6. You MUST mind the safety of other road users
7. You MUST be a student or staff of CEDAT(College of Engineering Design Art and Technology), Makerere University, and you need to present your original ID card for verification, and its photocopy, every time you borrow the bike
8. Usage of the borrowed bike is only permitted within Makerere University Campus
9. You are advised NOT to over speed nor race
10. Bike usage for the first one hour is free of charge. You will be charged UGX 2000, for any extra hour. This is to ensure that ALL have an opportunity to share the bike
11. The bikes will be issued on a “first come first served” basis, but female users will be given priority
12. All bikes must be returned on the rack by 6:00 Pm
13. Mind the safety of the bike. You are advised against abandoning the bike.
14. For health reasons, kindly consult your doctor if you should ride or not.
15. For your own safety, do NOT drink and ride the bicycle
16. You MUST be 18 years old or above.
17. UST-Network and its partners shall not be liable for any injury howsoever arising from the use or associated use of the bicycle or cycling in general whether such injury be a result of negligent use of the bicycle, lack of knowledge to ride, poor health of the rider, or whatever other cause.
“Enjoy cycling within Campus; for health, fun, convenience and save your environment”
* The bike sharing project is pilot in nature and is being co-ordinated by Ms Amanda Ngabirano on behalf of UST-Network (Uganda Sustainable Transport Network) and the Dutch Cycling Embassy
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Awaited: Short bionotes on UST Network, Dutch Cycling Embassy and project leader Ms. Ngabirano.