Quelimane, Mozambique: Strengthening bicycle culture in Africa’s cycling capital
This is a project case story within the framework of the TUMI Challenge 2018. Quelimane is a medium-sized city with big ambitions to lead the African continent’s transition to sustainable transport. Despite a population of just over 300,000 and a relatively low GDP per capita, its leaders are determined to show the world that cycling can form the backbone of an urban transport system. The municipality is building bike lanes to connect the main residential areas to the market and shopping areas, and is upgrading pavements to improve the pedestrian experience. With this relatively low investment in supporting infrastructure, the municipality aims to demonstrate how to slow or even reverse the adoption of private motor vehicles and create a cost-effective, low-carbon urban mobility system. This case story gives an overview about the bicycle culture in Quelimane and how to improve it.