University of Nairobi, School of Computing and Informatics together with the Center for Computing and Development Laboratory, C4DLab, have officially launched a bike sharing program.
Speaking during the launch of the ‘Bikeshare Challenge’, a product of Innovation Week, 2016 the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor commended the teams for using a simple and innovative concept to solve a big problem of urban transport He noted that such innovations will go a long way in helping staff and students move easily within the University.
‘Bikeshare Challenge’ is a project that is meant to solve the traffic challenges in the city. Users borrow, ride and return the bicycle. Currently, the program works in a controlled campus environment where a one hour ride costs Kshs. 40 but will soon be open to the public as the project gets scaled and launched in various universities and in various counties with the country.
On his part, Mr. Tom Mshindi, Nation Media Group Editor in Chief, noted that as the media partner, they are happy to be part of the project, that will not only help reduce the traffic congestion, but help riders improve their health. He noted that such projects are long overdue. He challenged the county government to create pathways for cyclists. He noted that many people fear riding in the city because of the risk.
Tony Omwanza, the Chairman, Nairobi Innovation Week noted that the theme of this year’s Innovation Week is ‘Innovating to solve local and global challenges’. He observed that Nairobi challenge could easily be solved by Kenyans adapting the use of bicycles.
The project has been sponsored by UN Habit and the University of Nairobi. Nairobi residents need to embrace riding the bicycles as it has both environmental and health benefits.