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THE JINJA DECLARATION - November 2001

The first Pan African Bicycle Conference (PABIC) held in Jinja, Uganda, 21-25 November 2001, with international representation from 30 governments and organizations, to “analyze the role of the bicycle in the 21stCentury”.

The participants of PABIC declare that the following severely inhibit development on the African continent:

Mobility and Transport

Economy and Productivity

Quality of Life

Planning, Policy and Politics

Given the importance of personal mobility for economic and social development, and that affordable mobility is critical to sound economic and social development in Africa;

Be it resolved that the governments of African States and other stakeholders should:

·        Address urban and rural transport issues.

·        Include rather than exclude; the poor, women, youth, elderly and the disabled.

·        Facilitate multi-modal trip generation and assignment.

·        Establish planning and design guidelines and standards for NMT.

·        Promote development of policies and practices that protect the rights of non-motorized travelers on an equal basis, including programs to provide safety to them.

·        Establish a policy environment that supports activities that utilize bicycles and other NMT in income and employment generating activities.

·        Create awareness programs highlighting the importance of NMT and its role in society.

·        Formulate policies and programs that will reduce environmental destruction; air, water and noise pollution.

·        Eliminate taxes and tariffs on new bicycles and their spare parts.

·        Develop regional teams for continued research, information generation and dissemination. 

·        Formulate policies that support the development of bicycle enterprises in Africa.

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