Bamboo bikes really did go big in Ghana

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Video screen capture AJ+

Remember those bamboo bikes that April said were about to hit the big time in Ghana back in 2011? It looks like those plans have been moving ahead smoothly.

At least, that's what we can surmise from this awesome video from AJ+ about the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, in which founder Bernice Dapaah walks us through why bamboo has been such an ideal manufacturing material for her bikes. Not only is the frame material locally grown, but it's strong, completely recyclable and cheap to produce. (If you're not sure why bikes are so important to Africa, take a look at this post about the work of World Bicycle Relief.)

The company has already trained 35 young people, including some with disabilities, and is donating many bikes to local community members to ensure that kids can get to school.

Check out this inspiring example of bioregional sustainability below, and take a look at Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative to learn more..

Bamboo bikes really did go big in Ghana
Bamboo is cheap, strong, and it's already shaped like bike-frame tubing. Ideal for creating locally-grown bikes.

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