From bush to bike – a bamboo revolution

August 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

 BBC News, July 1, 2009, By Kieron Humphrey.

On the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia, next year’s crop of bicycles is being watered by Benjamin Banda.

“We planted this bamboo last year,” he says, “and now the stems are taller than me. When it’s ready we’ll cut it, cure it and then turn it into frames.”

Mr Banda, is the caretaker for Zambikes, a company set up by two Californians and two Zambians which aimed to build bikes tough enough to handle the local terrain. (Full story)

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