Big Boda Load-Carrying Bicycle

Exhibition: Design for the other 90 | January 5, 2012 by

The Big Boda is able to carry hundreds of pounds of cargo or two additional passengers easily, at a substantially lower cost than other forms of human-powered utility vehicles. It was designed to transport goods to and from market for entrepreneurs and consumers in developing countries. WorldBike originally designed a low-cost frame extension called the Longtail to be compatible with the low-cost Chinese-made single-speeds ubiquitous in East Africa. In 2005, it was redesigned to be more suitable with the Western Kenyan Boda Boda bicycle-taxi operators and for easier manufacturing in small workshops.

  • DESIGNERS: WorldBike, Adam French (first phase), Ed Lucero with contributions from Paul Freedman, Matt Snyder, Ross Evans, Moses Odhiambo, and Jacob [last name?] (second phase)
  • MANUFACTURER: WorldBike and Moses Odhiambo’s workshop
  • Kenya, 2002–05
  • Mild steel, woven papyrus passenger cushion
  • DIMENSIONS: 84” h x 48” w x 24” d
  • IN USE IN: Kenya, Uganda


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