Hoima Bicycle (DVD)
This documentary shows the process of designing a bicycle for and with Ugandan bicycle couriers, known as Boda-boda. Filmed primarily in Uganda, it shows the realities of current day East Africa, from the chaotic streets of Kampala to the inside of gritty mud-thatched homes in rural Hoima. In Uganda many residents use cheap, clunky bicycles for their primary means of transportation. Through a unique collaboration between an American designer and Ugandan couriers, a new bicycle design was conceived and a prototype was made. The designer then traveled to Uganda to meet the couriers and to have the bike tested and critiqued. Would they like it? Or is it back to the drawing board?
Winner Best Documentary Short, Projections Film Festival 2009.
This project was also the subject of a feature article in the winter, 2008 Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Journal, Innovation.
This DVD is available for purchase.