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The annual Europe Week Cycle Caravan took place on Sunday 12th May, organised by UWABA in conjunction with the European Union in Tanzania. More than 300 cyclists as well as joggers took place in this slow ride around the city. Men and women, young and old, able bodied and disabled people were all to be seen. The cycle caravan also commemorated the late Tim Manchester, an American who lived in Dar es Salaam and cycled as his mode of transport who was killed by a car crash while cycling, as well as all cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling in Dar es Salaam. The theme was "citizenship" and the guest of honour was the Deputy Minister of Law and Consitutional Affairs Hon Angellah Kairuki.
UWABA cooperated with the Sickle Cell Foundation to organise a cycle caravan on 10 March 2013 to raise awareness about sickle cell disease.
UWABA with sponsorship from the European Union organised the 2012 Dar es Salaam Cycle Caravan on 13th May 2012. It was a great success with more than 400 people taking part including very young and old in line with the theme of intergenerational solidarity. Guests of honour were Hon Dk Seif Seleman Rashidi Deputy Minister of Health and EU Ambassador Filbeto Cerian Sebregondi.
In January 2012 fares for the Kigamboni ferry which operates between the Kigamboni peninsula and Dar es Salaam city centre were increased across the board, but while most fares were doubled, the fares for gutas (non-motorised goods transport tricycles) was mutiplied by five, effectively crippling the guta operators who transport goods to and from markets in Kigamboni. UWABA issued a press release on this issue and UWABA members together with representatives of guta operators were interviewed on Channel 10 news on 7th January 2012 and the interviews were repeated on Radio Magic the next day. UWABA has also written to the Minister of Works (whose Ministry provides the ferry service) on this issue. In addition, UWABA is also campaigning for cycle lanes to be put on the planned Kigamboni bridge.
In January 2012 UWABA has been working with Heidi Hoyer from Denmark who has been doing research on cycling in Dar es Salaam for her masters degree.
In November 2011 UWABA member Hamadi Bwaja travelled by bus on the Trans African Climate Change Caravan of Hope to Durban, South Africa, for the climate change talks. He networked with other climate change activists and showed how cycling fits in with climate change issues. Thanks to ForumCC for enabling UWABA to take part in this initiative.
On 26th November, both UWABA and Fasta Cycle Messengers had information stalls at the Dar es Salaam Pedestrian Street Festival. The stalls were visited by the Mayor of Ilala and other dignatories as well as the general public.
The Annual Roads Convention of the Tanzania Roads Association was held on 17th-18th November with the theme of Road Safety. UWABA wrote a paper for the convention and UWABA chairman Mejah Mbuya presented it.
On 9th to 11th November 2011 UWABA chairman Mejah Mbuya took part in the 2nd Africa Road Safety Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, actively taking part in discussions and ensuring the road safety needs of cyclists are not ignored. The conference was organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, who also funded UWABA's participation. Further information about the conference can be found in this UNECA press release.
After completing the processes of registration, license and training, Fasta Cycle Messengers courier service was officially launched on 16 October 2011 at a launch ceremony in Manzese attended by EU Ambassador Tim Clarke and his wife Anne Clarke, supporters International Centre for Sustainable Cities, other supporters and journalists and media. We ask all UWABA supporters to use Fasta Cycle Messenger services for all their door to door delivery needs in Dar es Salaam. Fasta now has a fully independant website on www.fasta.co.tz.
Four members of UWABA travelled to Kagera for road safety week in 3 to 8 October 2011 where they raised awareness of cycle safety issues and gave cycle safety training to children. We would like to thank the traffic police for their contribution towards transport and acccomodation costs.
UWABA is now repairing and selling bicycles donated by Re~Cycle in order to facilitate cycling in Dar es Salaam and raise funds for our projects. How to buy a bike from us!
On 24 September 2011 more than 200 Dar es Salaam Cyclists joined with other cyclists around the world to cycle for solutions to climate change as part of the Moving Planet campaign. The event was sponsored by ForumCC.
Congratulations to committee member Filbert Mbecha who was recently shortlisted as a finalist for the International Campaigner award of the UK-based Sheila McKechnie Foundation. Filbert is profiled on the SMK website.
The Europe Week Cycle Caravan on 8th May 2011 had more than 300 cyclists cycling the streets of Dar es Salaam calling for better road safety for cyclists. The caravan took place as part of Europe Week and was sponsored by the European Union in Tanzania. Hon Magufuli Minister of Infrastructure was the guest of honour and gave a speech supporting road safety for cyclists. The Minister together with the EU Ambassador and other special guests led the cycle caravan by cycling the entire route. The cycle caravan took place together with many other events worldwide this month to mark the launch of the "UN Decade of Action on Road Safety 2011-2021".
In April 2011 UWABA received a container of bicycles from Re-cycle, a UK NGO. UWABA plans to refurbish and sell some of the bicycles to cover costs such as taxes, to set up a bicycle fundi workshop, and to enable us to import further containers in future, while other bicycles will be provided to worthy projects. UWABA would like to thank Re-cycle for this donation as well as the Guta company which helped with the logistics of the import.
UWABA's chairman travelled to Washingon for the Second Global Meeting of NGOs Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims organised by the World Health Organisation 14-15 March 2011. One of the main activities of the meeting was to make plans for the Decade of Action on Road Safety.
UWABA assisted Wapanda Baisikeli Tanga (WABATAN) to get a certificate of registration as an NGO by regularly following up with NGO registration office for more than a year. WABATAN was registered on 6th January 2011 with number 21NGO/00004284. We are now planning how we can cooperate together on various projects.
UWABA has entered into a partnership with Re~Cycle a UK based NGO which provides bicycles to organisations in Africa. As the first stage in the cooperation, Matt Lawford, a bicycle mechanic from the UK who works for Re~Cycle, has travelled to Tanzania and provided bicycle mechanic training to 15 UWABA members for two weeks at end December 2010 to early January 2011.
International Centre for Sustainable Cities has announced that UWABA has been awarded a startup grant for Fasta Cycle Messengers Cooperative. A grant award ceremony was held on 30th November. UWABA also received a donation from some private individuals for this project. This funding will enable us to set up an office for Fasta, conduct training, obtain a TCRA license and do some initial marketing. For background and previous news about Fasta see below.
Two representatives of UWABA travelled to Nairobi, Kenya for a Share the Road Event - Report Launch and East Africa Workshop on 29th November 2010. Share the Road is a campaign by the United Nations Environmental Programme to increase investments in walking and cycling infrastructure. The UWABA chairman made a presentation at he workshop. During the visit to Nairobi, UWABA members also helped and participated in a cycle caravan organised by Uvumbuzi, a Kenyan NGO, on 28th November. Thanks to UNEP and ABN for sponsoring UWABA's participation in these events.
UWABA cooperated with other road safety organisations in Tanzania to organise and participate in a local event to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on 21st November 2010. The event took place in Mnazi Mmoja Dar es Salaam. UWABA has also been cooperating with other NGOs working on road safety to set up a network of road safety NGOs in Tanzania.
Approximately 200 cyclists took part in the 10/10/10 cycle caravan organised by UWABA in conjunction with ForumCC as part of the global work party on climate change on Sunday 10/10/10. After the caravan hip hop artists led by Elia Kimena performed hip hop on climate change and environment as well as cycling, and speeches were made by guest of honour Eng. Bonaventure Baya, Director General of the National Environment Management Council and other leaders. Bicycles and helmets were also raffled to participants. This event was one of 7,347 events taking place in 188 countries to highlight the need for action on climate change.
In October 2010 elections for President, Members of Parliament and local Government councillors were held in Tanzania. UWABA ran a campaign to ensure the political parties include their policies about road safety and encouragement of cycling as a means of transport in their party election manifestos. We wrote to all the major political parties since the start of the year and followed up. As a result, Tanzania Labour Party (TLP) mentions the inclusion of cycle lanes and the importance of road safety for cyclists and disabled road users in their manifesto and other parties mention road safety generally (which they did not do in previous election manifestos). We also prepared a leaflet for cyclists showing what the various parties say about road safety in their manifestos, so cyclists could take this into account when casting their vote.
On 5th-7th October 2010 the chairman of UWABA travelled to Dakar, Senegal to take part in the annual general meeting of the African Bicycle Network, which took place alongside the Congress and Exhibition on African Public Transport organised by African Association of Public Transport and the Expert Group Meeting on “Sustainable Mobility for African Cities – Promoting non-motorized transport options and compact cities as complements to public transport” organised by UN-Habitat. We would like to thank UN-Habitat and ABN for sponsorship for UWABA's attendance at these meetings.
On 1st July 2010 UWABA received a reply from TANROADS containing road plans which we had requested for Morogoro Road and Kawawa Road, and for Kigogo-Ubungo road. UWABA also requested information from JICA on New Bagamoyo Road (Morocco junction to Tegeta) and downloaded information from a link we were given on the JICA website . UWABA has written comments on these and submitting to TANROADS and other authorities. In summary, facilities for cyclists are very good for Morogoro Road / Kawawa Road designs, good for Kigogo-Ubungo designs (although we still have some concerns for both), but very bad / non-existant for Morocco junction - Tegeta (New Bagamoyo Road) designs. Here you can download our comments:
On 17 August 2010 UWABA met with JICA about the New Bagamoyo Road (Morocco-Tegeta). We complained that we had not been included in the consultations mentioned in their document. We also pointed out that the designs are very unsafe for cyclists and discouraging of cycling. We requested that changes be made. However we were told that the designs have been finalised and that our comments cannot be taken into account.
On 15-16 September UWABA attended the Joint Infrastructure Sector Review at Mlimani City Conference Centre. We listened to the various reports on infrastructure, made some contacts and made some comments during the urban mobility session.
On 22 September 2010 UWABA met with TANROADS on all three roads and went through our comments on the three road designs with TANROADS.
On 24 September 2010 UWABA met with the consultants involved in the National Transport Policy Review at PPF tower as part of a stakeholder meeting.
UWABA took part in National Road Safety Week in Tanga 9-14 August 2010. Hussein Hamza Hamisi, Hamadi Bwaja and UWABA intern from USA Victora Wilson travelled to Tanga for the event on 4th August. UWABA taught a two day cycle safety course to 17 school students (from Changa primary school, Jehudi primary school and Changa Media primary school) and three WABATAN members on 6-7 August. These participants were also given helmets and reflective jackets as part of the training and were presented with certificates at the opening ceremony of Road Safety Week.
During Road Safety Week, UWABA had a stand at the main venue where we distributed information about cycle safety to visitors. Also during the week, UWABA accompanied traffic police to various schools to brief students on cycle safety (Azimio school-51 students, Mbambani school-26 students, Mwang'ombe school-112 students, Ngamiani Kusini school-63 students, Makorora school-96 students).
We would like to thank the family and friends of Victoria Wilson for sponsoring UWABA's participation in Road Safety Week as well as Victoria for her work for UWABA during her internship.
UWABA members who remained in Dar es Salaam also took part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Dar es Salaam regional road safety week on 9th and 14th August at Mnazi Mmoja.
On 31st July 2010 cyclists gathered at Mlimani City Shopping Centre to complain about the policy of Mlimani city to forbid cyclists from parking in the parking area. UWABA has been following up on this issue with Mlimani City management since 2007 and requesting replies to our letters but we have never received a written reply. About 20 cyclists gathered in the presence of camera crews from Channel 10 news to complain and management agreed verbally to change this policy and to put in place parking facilities for bicycles. After this event cyclists have visited Mlimani City and have seen that they now allow cyclists in the parking area as a result of our action.
Two UWABA committee members Fredrick (Mejah) Mbuya and Filbert Mbecha, travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark for the international conference on urban cycling Velo City 22nd to 25th June 2010. UWABA chairman Fredrick Mejah Mbuya made a short photo presentation of cycling and cycle conditions in Dar es Salaam at the conference. UWABA also contributed ideas to the discussions, met many interesting people and organisations working in the area of cycling as a means of urban transport and took part in a Copenhagen cycle parade. We would like to thank the Velo City outreach program (City of Copenhagen) and UN-Habitat for sponsoring UWABA's participation in this important conference.
The Traffic police has issued a radio announcement about rules for parking vehicles. It says vehicles should not park on the road or in a way which causes danger to cyclists or pedestrians.
On 12th May 2010 two UWABA members attended a Dar es Salaam regional roads meeting. These meetings take place approximately every six months and this was the first such meeting which UWABA was invited to, on referral from the Mayor of Dar es Salaam. It was a useful and informative meeting and UWABA also had a chance to contribute some questions and comments.
Dar es Salaam Cycle Caravan 2010 was the best ever with more than 400 cyclists, including 100 disabled cyclists taking part in a wonderful celebration of cycling. The event took place as part of Europe week and was sponsored by the European Union in Tanzania. The guests of honour were Hon Margeret Sitta Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children together with Ambassador Tim Clarke the EU ambassador to Tanzania, and special guests included member of parliament Hon Margreth Mkanga, Mr Jason Rwiza, Director of Policy and Planning at TANROADS, together with Engineer George Daffa of TANRAODS, Councillor Leonard Lupilya from Ilala Municipality, Inspector Swai of the Traffic Police and representatives of the police and the Mayor of Dar es Salaam. The guests of honour and special guests took part by cycling in the caravan with the other cyclists. The theme was "Mobility for All" linked to the 2010 European Year for Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion. 5 bicycles and 3 cycles for disabled were raffled and presented to participants. The event was covered on news bulletins of two national stations.
Here you can view a video, more photos of the cycle caravan and download press releases:
Cycle messengers (cycle courriers) are a common sight in many European and American cities, delivering letters and parcels quickly around a city and providing a door to door service. However in Dar es Salaam these services are only available via motorized transport and not by bicycle. UWABA is now setting up a new organisation, called Fasta cycle Messengers Cooperative to provide fast, reliable and environmentally friendly delivery services by bicycle. The initial 16 members of Fasta are drawn from UWABA's core members. The cooperative was registered on 18 February 2010 and we are now in the process of obtaining licenses.
On 10 April 2010 we had our first Alley Cat organised by Adam Mallet, a new member from Hungary who has previously worked as a cycle messenger in Europe. An Alley Cat is a competition where participants run errands by bicycle around the city competing against each other, and is a good way of training to be a messenger. Congratulations to Godfrey Jax who won the Alley Cat, and Sosthenes Amlima and Ally Saidi Mwishehe who came 2nd and 3rd.
On 25th May 2010 Fasta Cycle Messengers held official elections for the cooperative leadership under the supervision of Mr Bukuku, Kinondoni District Cooperatives Officer. Congratulations to Hussein Hamza Hamisi who was elected chairman, Hamadi Bwaja who was elected vice-chairman, and other board members Godfrey Jax, Kibwana Mohammed, Shamte Kisoma and Mohammed Samwely. Sosthenes Amlima was chosen as the ordinary members representative. Filbert Mbecha and Raechel Kayaye were appointed by the board as the administrators of Fasta Cycle Messengers.
UWABA has had the opportunity to comment on draft regulations under the Roads Act. On 4th March, UWABA attended a stakeholder consultation meeting chaired by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and it was agreed that many of our comments would be incorporated. We are now waiting for a revised draft.
On 21st January 2010 seven representatives of UWABA met with the Mayor of Dar es Salaam, Hon. Kimbisa. We spoke about the importance of cycling as a means of transport and the problems we experience on the roads when infrastructure is not built with our needs in mind. He listened to our ideas and said it is important that cyclists contribute ideas in policy making on roads. He invited us to a meeting about roads of Government and non-Government organisations which will take place in May.
UWABA has been participating as a stakeholder in the Transport Sector Consolidation Project (TSCP) under the Prime Minister's Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PMORALG). This project includes improvements to roads in Arusha, Tanga, Kigoma and Mwanza (design work being done by UWP) and Dodoma, Mbeya and Mwanza (design work being done by SMEC). UWABA and UWABATAN have been focusing on Tanga, ensuring safety for cyclists and cycle lanes are included in the designs, and we have also contributed ideas for the other towns/cities.
UWABA did a cycle on 6th December 2009 at the same time as cycles in many other countries around the world to call for leaders to take action on climate change at the Copenhagen climate change talks in Denmark as part of the Ride Planet Earth campaign. We cycled to Gezaulole where we met with Kali Mata. UWABA members together with members of African Partership on Climate Change Coalition (APCCC) took part.
Four UWABA committee members and one UWABATAN committee member took part in the Convention on Rural Roads which was organised by Tanzania Roads Association (TARA) with International Road Federation and Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) and took place in Arusha 25-27 November 2009.
UWABA was part of the organising committee for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Tanzania and UWABA members took part in the march on the day - 15 November 2009. We cooperated with SUMATRA, Chakua, CTS and Amend.
UWABA are taking part in various meetings on climate change in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro. On 14th November 2009 Hussein Hamza Hamisi and Idrisa Zongo from UWABA participated in a meeting about climate change organised by Environmental Watch Association of Tanzania (EWAT) at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). They traveled to Morogoro by bicycle - a cycle of more than 200km - they cycled there on 13th and back on 15th. They made a presentation about how bicycles are a way of reducing carbon emissions from transport.
The 2009 Dar es Salaam Cycle Caravan took place on 24th October 2009, and more tha 150 cyclists took part. The theme was climate change and the guest of honour was Hon. Dr. Batilda Burian, Minister of State in the office of the Vice President responsible for Environment. She gave a speech about climate change and how cycling is a sustainable means of urban transport which should be encouraged. Our main sponsor was the British High Commission, and Deputy British High Commissioner, Mr Tony Brennan, also gave a speech about climate change. Our cycle caravan was one of more than 5200 events taking place in 181 countries on the same day, under the www.350.org campaign. Special guests Councillor Leondard Lupilya of Ilala Municipality, Mr Jason Rwiza Director of Planning in TANROADS, Ms Christine Kayoce head of road safety in TANROADS, and Inspector Abel Baltazar Swai who has responsibility for cyclists in the Traffic Police all took part by cycling with the caravan and giving speeches. The Guta company contributed a guta as a prize and other prizes distributed were 5 bicycles, a cycle for disabled person, 20 helmets and 140 reflector jackets.
On 6th October 2009 UWABA organised and took part in a seminar together with driving instructors from various driving schools. We discussed how to improve education so as to reduce crashes between vehicles and cycles. This seminar was organised under UWABA's Wamba Memorial Fund road safety project. The seminar took place in the National Institute of Transportation, Mabibo.
Dominata Rwechungura and Sosthenes Amlima, committee members of UWABA, travelled to Mbeya and took part in Road Safety week there 28 September – 3 October 2009. We taught a two day cycle safety course to 20 school students, as well as educating the general public about cycle safety.
On 26th September 2009 cyclists in Tanga region started a new NGO Umma wa Wapanda Baisikeli Tanga (UWABATAN). Four representatives of UWABA Dar es Salaam travelled to Tanga to help in setting up the new organsiation and to attend the first meeting.
UWABA is well underway in its cycle safety project, funded by Wamba Memorial Fund.
On 27th and 28th August 2009, six UWABA members trained 62 secondary school students and 3 adults at Mbondole Secondary School in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam in cycle safety. The special guest was the Councillor of Msongora ward, Kassimu Yusufu Mng’ombe.
On 6th and 13th June 2009, UWABA members who have already graduated the training of trainers taught 24 of their fellow cyclists about cycle safety, using classrooms and open spaces of Nyerere School, Magomeni. Councillors of Makurumla Ward (Ndugu Rajabu) and Manzese Ward (Ndugu Manumbu) were special guests.
On 21st and 28th February 2009, four UWABA members trained 37 school students at Kigamboni Secondary School, Dar es Salaam in cycle safety. Mama Wamba was guest of honour.
From 18th to 21st November 2008, six UWABA members trained 60 secondary school students and 55 primary school students at Msongola in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam in cycle safety. The students, who regularly cycle to school, took part in theory and practical sessions and participatory discussions.
On 26 August 2009, 8 representatives of UWABA met with Commander James Kombe, the Commander of the Traffic Police and Road Safety, together with 12 officers and inspectors from Traffic Police Headquarters. At the meeting we discussed the problem of cars parking on service roads and pedestrian / cycle areas, we discussed educating cyclists in road safety, and we discussed how UWABA and the traffic police can cooperate.
Congratulations to Filbert Mbecha and Dominata Rwechungura who were elected to the committee on 22nd August 2009. Filbert Mbecha is the new treasurer and Dominata Rwechungura is a committee representative. Juma S Jongo and Rashid Karanji resigned from the committee - we thank them for their dedicated voluntary work.
15 UWABA members took part in the Make Roads Safe Africa, 2009 Conference on 8th July and a Road Safety Seminar on 9th-10th July 2009 in Dar es Salaam. These meetings were organised by the Commission for Global Road Safety as part of the Make Roads Safe campaign leading up to a UN Ministerial Summit on Road Safety in Moscow in November 2009. The conference was addressed by the Vice President of Tanzania, H.E. Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein.
At the meeting UWABA members participated in discussions and ensured that the road safety of vulnerable road users including cyclists is prioritized. UWABA also added signatures to the petition to call for a decade of action on road safety, and met with the global ambassador for the Make Roads Safe Campaign, Michelle Yeoh.
Mejah Mbuya, Filbert Mbecha and Edgar Paulo from UWABA travelled to Nairobi and attended a meeting of African civil society organisations working in the area of promoting cycling, on 6th and 7th July 2009. At the meeting, the African Bicycle Network (ABN) was founded. We also took part in a cycle event organised by our host organisation Uvumbuzi.
On 1st June 2009, UWABA members met with officials of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Subjects discussed included the JICA funded Kilwa Road as well as the Dar es Salaam Transport Master Plan, and how cyclists and non-motorized transport can be better catered for.
On 28th May, two UWABA members took part in a workshop in Tanga on Urban Development and Environmental Management, which included councillors in Tanga Municipal Council. At this workshop UWABA outlined our vision for how promotion of cycling as a means of transport can make towns and cities more attractive, pleasant and people-friendly. UWABA also presented a helmet and reflective jacket to the Mayor of Tanga, Hon. Kisauji.
On 7-8 May 2009, the UWABA chairman took part in a conference of NGOs working on road safety, in Brussels, Belgium. The conference was organised by the World Health Organisation. He made a presentation on UWABA's experience lobbying for road safety for cyclists in Dar es Salaam. This conference produced recommendations for the Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow later this year. UWABA helped to ensure that these recommendations include protection of vulnerable road users and infrastucture designed for this protection.
On 21-23 October 2008, the UWABA chairman took part in a United Nations Environmental Program workshop on urban air quality in Nairobi, Kenya. At the workshop he highlighted how promoting cycling can improve urban air quality.
UWABA member Amar Shanghavi together with other members have produced videos about UWABA and cycle safety. You can download them here:
The 2008 Dar es Salaam Cycle Caravan went very well on 25th October 2008. 150 cyclists took part. The guest of honour Azzan Zungu MP of Ilala gave a speach about the importance of cycling as a mode of city transport and Councillor Lupilya of Ilala Municipality cycled in the caravan and was interviewed on TV - Channel 10 and DTV. The ambassador of Ireland and her husband also cycled in the caravan. We were on the front page of the Sunday Citizen newspaper. Prizes of three bicycles, a three wheeled passenger cycle, a cycle for disabled person, 20 helmets and 20 reflective jackets were won by participants in the raffle. We would like to thank sponsors the Irish embassy and those who contributed in-kind Guta company, Business Times, Ilala Municipality and Ultimate Security. We hope the event shows the importance of cycling and safety for Dar es Salaam's cyclists.
On 23-25 September 2008 the chairman of UWABA, Mejah Mbuya, representated UWABA at a workshop on transport sector governance in Africa in Yaonde, Cameroon. The workshop was organised by Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP). Mejah gave a presentation on UWABA's experience in interacting with Government.
In September 2008 UWABA members helped researchers Eyasu Markus Woldesmyas from Ethiopia and Alphonse Nkurunziza from Rwanda who are doing research under ITC, Netherlands. This research is about cycle transport in Dar es Salaam and UWABA helped to collect survey data.
On the 1st August 2008 UWABA moved our office to Manzese Sisi kwa Sisi, after our rent contract for our previous office in Mabibo finished. Welcome to visit our office where there is lots of information available on cycling issues in Dar es Salaam.
On 21-23 July 2008 UWABA organised a training of trainers in cycle safety at the National Institute of Transport in Mabibo. Our facilitator was Andrew Wheeldon from Bicycling Empowerment Network, South Africa. We received a grant from Wamba Memorial Fund to run this course as well as to run a project in cycle safety which we are starting now. There were 24 participants in the training - a representative of TANROADS, a representative of the Traffic Police, three teachers from Msongole and Kigamboni schools, two representatives of HUWATA and 14 UWABA members. These participants are now preparing to train school students at various schools in Dar es Salaam region.
On 19th April 2008 UWABA celebrated an opening ceremony for our office. Representatives of SUMATRA and local Government were special guests. We also had a presentation of prizes of helmets, t-shirts and reflective jackets to 27 most active UWABA members. We would like to thank IBike / International Bicycle Fund in the USA and La Stazione delle Biciclette in Milan, Italy for their generous donations which assisted us to set up our office and provide these cycle safety prizes.
On 10th March 2008 five representatives of UWABA met with Mrs Mlamba of the transport unit of the Dar es Salaam City Council. Below you can read about this meeting:
On 19th January 2008 the National Institute of Transportion (NIT) gave a seminar on road safety for cyclists to 21 UWABA members.
Participants were taught about the rules or the road and fundamentals of road safety for cyclists, road signs and markings and defensive cycling. Important topics covered included ensuring the cycle is road-worthy, how to cycle safely on the road, the importance of road users respecting each other, rights and responsibilities in the case of accidents occurring, the Road Traffic Act, road junctions, signals and the meaning of road signs.
At the end of the seminar, the UWABA members thanked the National Institute of Transportation for this important community service to increase road safety for cyclists. The Head of the Road Safety Department of the National Institute of Transportation, Mr Chard Wemba expressed his intention that this would be the first step and that through further cooperation with UWABA many more cyclists can benefit from learning more about road safety.
On 14th January 2008 four representatives of UWABA met with the Road Safety Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure. Unfortunately this was not a successful meeting as we were given only 15 minutes despite our appointment being for one hour.
In January 2008 we received a second reply from TANROADS answering our further questions about the roads under construction - Sam Nujoma Road, Nelson Mandela Road and Kilwa Road. This was a helpful letter and answered our questions. In addition, we met with TANROADS headquarters on 27 September to give a presentation. We are continuing to follow up to see that the committments made in the letters are implemented.
Here you can read the letters:
Climate change is a crucial issue for Tanzania as the majority of Tanzanians depend on stable rainfall patterns for their livelihood. As cyclists, UWABA help contribute to reducing this problem by not emitting carbon dioxide while travelling. On 8th December 2007 UWABA joined forces with Centre for Energy Environment Science & Technology (CEEST), Envirocare, Joint Environment and Development Management Action (JEMA), Journalists Environmental Association of Tanzania (JET), Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), Tanzania Association of NGOs (TANGO), Tanzania Coalition for Sustainable Development (TCSD), Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and Environmental Organization (TaTEDO) and Tanzania Youth Environment Network (TAYEN) to organise a cycle for climate change. We cycled from our office in Mabibo to the Vice President's Office where we made a speech and were welcomed by the Deputy Director of the Environment Department Mr Stephen Nkondokaya. The next stage in our plan was to cycle to the embassy of the United States of America to deliver letters from the 10 NGOs. However we were stopped and told to disburse by police and told we could not proceed as a group near the US embassy without a letter of invitation from the US embassy. We had previously notified the police of our event and had requested the US embassy several times to receive us and our letters on the day, but it appears the embassy was not interested in receiving our views and even went to the extent of stopping our group cycle. We received coverage on Channel 10 news and in the Majira newspaper so we hope our event helped to send a strong message on climate change to world leaders holding talks in Bali, Indonesia.
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UWABA partnering with CHABADA had a successful and enjoyable cycle caravan event on 20th October 2007. More than 200 people took part in the relaxed cycle from Mnazi Mmoja around Dar es Salaam, including men, women and children, disabled and able-bodied cyclists. Our guest of honour was Mr Leonard Lupilya, a Councillor in Ilala Municipal Council. Speeches highlighted issues of safety and better infrastructure for cyclists and promoting cycling as a sustainable form of city transport. Raffle prizes of a guta (three wheeled goods-transport cycle), three bicycles, 20 helmets and 20 reflective jackets were given out as raffle prizes to participants. Thanks to our sponsors the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Guta Company, Bakhresa Company, the Chinese embassy, Clouds FM and Ilala Municipal Council.
UWABA received a donation of Tsh 400,000 from IBike / International Bicycle Fund on 9th August 2007 and this together with donations from UWABA members has allowed us to set up a small office / information centre. At the moment we are preparing the office so that we can make into a place where people can find information on cycle issues in Dar es Salaam and elsewhere. We have also bought a three-wheeled cycle (guta) which will enable us to generate an ongoing income to pay office rent in the future.
On 13th August 2007 UWABA opened its own PO Box - it is PO Box 90361, Dar es Salaam. We welcome communication by post.
UWABA met with Carl Bro Associates who are the consultants for the design of Nelson Mandela Road on 12th July 2007. You can read notes of our meeting here:
We have opened an UWABA bank account at the National Microfinance Bank, Magomeni Branch, Dar es Salaam. Our account number is 2052300909.
We have found a new meeting place - Mahakama ya Ndizi, Mabibo, at the cycle fundi near Maktaba Baa. This is a very appropriate meeting place for us as there are many two-wheel and three-wheel cyclists in the area.
On 15th May 2007 UWABA participated in a meeting at Ilala Municipal Council on the traffic congestion issue. We contributed our ideas on how cycling could help ease congestion and on problems such as too many parked cars on streets.
Congratulations to Rashid Karanji and Sosthenes Amlima who were elected to the UWABA committee on 5th May 2007.
On 4th April 2007 Ilala Municipality announced that three-wheeled goods-transport cycles (maguta) would no longer be allowed in the city centre or Kariakoo areas. This would put guta-operators out of business, increase poverty, create problems in transporting goods in these areas and cause more polluting and congesting vans and trucks to use these roads.
UWABA campaigned against this policy. We collected 835 signatures for our petition against the policy. On 12th April 2007 we met the the Mayor of Ilala. On 28 April 2007 the Mayor of Ilala announced that maguta and mikokoteni would continue to be allowed in the city and Kariakoo. We congratulate the mayor on his example of good governance in listening to the people's ideas and making a good decision. We will continue to work with Ilala Municipality to help tackle the traffic congestion problem.
We have received a letter from the Minister of Infrastructure to say that he supports our efforts in setting up this important organisation for cyclists.
UWABA worked with AALOCOM and CHABADA to organise a cycle caravan on 14th October 2006. There was an excellent turn-out and everyone enjoyed the event. We started at Mnazi Mmoja, cycled through the city and returned to Mnazi Mmoja. The police closed part of the road for us. Five California bikes were given out as raffle prizes. The Deputy Mayor of Dar es Salaam city, Dr Mwilima was the special guest. We hope this cycling caravan contributed to encouraging cycling in Dar es Salaam, encouraging safe cycling and demonstrating to the Government the importance of cycle lanes and cycle-friendly roads.
A group of UWABA members met with the management and staff of TANROADS Dar es Salaam region to make a presentation on 24th May 2006. Our presentation consisted of a presentation and slide shows of our photos from the photo library. Download our presentation here:
UWABA took part in the Tanzania Social Forum from 22nd to 25th March 2006 at Mnazi Moja. We met other organisations and raised awareness about UWABA. Here is a photo of our stand:
UWABA has been registered by the Ministry for Community Gender and Children under the Non-Governmental Organisations Act, 2002. Our registration number is 02NGO/0683. We were registered on 23rd February 2006 and we received our certificate 2nd March 2006. We have also introduced ourselves to the Regional Commissioner's Office of Dar es Salaam.
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Our meetings are usually conducted in Kiswahili but minutes are available here in both English and Kiswahili:
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UWABA are selling bicycles in order to raise funds for our projects and campaigns. You can buy a bike on Sundays from our container in Kigamboni near "kwa mwingira". Contact project leaders Godfrey Jax 0717009751, Hussein Hamza Hamisi 0712182217 and payment should go to our treasurer Filbert Mbecha 0714623774 (by cash, by m-pesa or tigo-pesa or by lodging in UWABA bank account in NMB).
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The Sunday Citizen newspaper published an article about UWABA on 12 March 2006. You can read it here:
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UWABA has worked with Robert Bartlett of Schorrell Analysis to produce a chapter of an e-book "The global book of transport - Chapter 2 - Tanzania, bicycles in Dar es Salaam". You can download this document here:
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We have brainstormed and come up with the following:
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Here are UWABA's photo albums of road conditions for cyclists in Dar es Salaam together with UWABA's events
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Here you can download road traffic laws of Tanzania
The source of some of these laws is the Tanzania Parliament website www.bunge.go.tz
Here you can download the National Transport Policy of Tanzania
Here you can download the National Road Safety Policy
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In 2008, deaths in road crashes of 516 pedal cyclists in Tanzania mainland were reported. This figure has been increasing steadily since 2001, when 143 pedal cyclists deaths in Tanzania mainland were recorded. This is equivalent to an average growth in pedal cyclists deaths of 20% each year from 2001 to 2008.
In 2008, 23 deaths of cyclists were recorded in Dar es Salaam (Ilala-5, Kinondoni-15 and Temeke-3). 364 injuries to cyclists were recorded (Ilala-103, Kinondoni-177 and Temeke-84). 6% of deaths on the road in Dar es Salaam were deaths of cyclists (2008).
18% of road crash deaths in Tanzania mainland were deaths of pedal cyclists in 2008.
In 2007 in Dar es Salaam region (Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke), 310 accidents involving pedal cyclists were reported. In Tanzania mainland in 2007, 1660 accidents involving pedal cyclists were recorded.
In Tanzania mainland in 2007, 7% of vehicles involved in road crashes were pedal cycles. In Dar es Salaam in 2007, 2% of vehicles involved in road crashes were pedal cycles.
In Dar es Salaam in 2007, mistakes by pedal cyclists were recorded as the cause of 2% of road crashes. In Tanzania mainland in 2007, mistakes by pedal cyclists were recorded as the cause of 6% of road crashes. Dangerous driving caused 47% of road crashes, mechanical defect 10%, and high speed 8%.
The source of this data is the Traffic Police Headquarters.
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Here is a map of Dar es Salaam roads:
The source of this map is the TANROADS website www.tanroads.org
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UWABA accepts international volunteers to come and assist us in our work here in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. UWABA has the following requirements for volunteers/interns:
Volunteers can accept a rewarding experience working with a grassroots organisation in a developing country city lobbying for better conditions for cyclists. UWABA members go out of their way to welcome, look after and work with international volunteers (so far we have hosted three). Volunteers are free to focus on a particular area of interest within the work we do. It is also possible to arrange home-stay own-room accommodation with some of the few members who live in more comfortable spacious homes. Assistance with budgeting for a volunteer placement is also available from UWABA. For further details please contact us at the UWABA email address.
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