Monday, March 24, 2008

Ugandans bicycle to work

Special to The Southern Illinoisan, by Bill Recktenwald:
"in East Africa and across the continent, the humble single-speed wide-tire bicycle is a mark of independence and entrepreneurship.

The ubiquitous bike, called 'Boda Boda,' earned its name by supplying transportation between Uganda border towns and Kenya just a few miles to the east. In early days, they also would smuggle goods across the border; today they are a primary source of transport.

In a country where few can afford a car and gas sells for close to $6 per gallon, pedal power is both user- and environment-friendly, and the hilly terrain does not deter the operators"