A summary of the results obtained in Uganda and Kenya as of August 2002 is presented.
The results are opposite to what was anticipated in regard to the impact of the road surface on bicycle operating costs. The surface that was considered the easiest for cycling, Bitumen, in fact has the lowest speed, the highest
fares and the highest repair costs; whereas the surface considered the most difficult, Earth, has the highest speed and the lowest fares and repair costs. The results for the Gravel surface are generally closer to the bitumen surface. It appears that there are other significant factors that affect the results, for instance other traffic on the roads.
To help in clarifying the findings from the monitoring data, a field visit was made to Uganda to observe operations of the bicycle taxis and to discuss operating behaviour and the findings of the study with the participating operators. The findings are discussed and preliminary conclusions are drawn.
IT Transport. Impact of road condition on operating costs of bicycles: progress summary report, August 2002. (2002)