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Dar es Salaam Hosts SOLUTIONSplus Workshop on Electric Bicycles, Advancing Sustainable Mobility

Exciting developments in Active and Electric Mobility! Last Friday, on the 15th of March, the Urban Living Lab Center, the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology ETE and the FASTA Cycling Cooperative, hosted a SOLUTIONSplus participatory workshop on electric bicycles in Dar es Salaam at DIT.

During the workshop, we delved into the findings of the SOLUTIONSplus e-bicycle project developed with AfricroozE - The African e-Bike and engaged in discussions about the future of e-bicycles in Tanzania. The morning session was filled with insightful exchanges on strategies to boost e-bicycle adoption in Dar es Salaam. Cyclists, DIT students, DIT staff, discussed a desired design for this specific delivery market, strategies to create a maintenance and repair ecosystem, and pathways to raise awareness on cycling and electric bicycles. Female cyclists and students highlighted the need to have a frame easy to use for women. 

In the afternoon, we took practical steps forward by training the cyclists to use a booking app developed by the Urban Living Lab Fellow Paschal Giki, which is expected to significantly facilitate FASTA's operations and attract further customers. The Urban Living Lab then handed over smartphones to the cyclists to be able to use the app. Recommendations to enhance FASTA's business model were discussed in working groups. 

It was inspiring to see such enthusiasm towards advancing sustainable transportation solutions in Dar es Salaam, and furthering cooperation between the research, education, and private sector!

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