The idea is to launch local and pedagogical community workshops of bamboo vehicles building that would provide access to active mobility for the community members at the level of the neighborhoods.
The positive impacts of this idea are multiple:
Accessible: Building with bamboo and natural fibers is economical and does not require heavy equipment nor material.
Legitimate: Bamboo is a lightweight material that has exceptional mechanical properties and is particularly suited to the mobility applications. It could even be used in the future years in highly demanding industries.
Empowering: Learning to build with bamboo is fast and accessible, the local communities could then be the actors of their mobility. At the level of the neighbourhood, it creates opportunities for business originated from the skills and knowledge learnt to build with bamboo.
Inclusive: The building process with bamboo is tailor-made and highly customizable, it could adapt to the most specific requirements of usage and be made to exact measure. It is specific and personalized in opposition to standardized products. It is then applicable to all the population of the neighbourhood, in particular to the vulnerable and handicapped people for which standardized vehicles are not adapted. Note: the bamboo vehicles could include bikes for kids and adults, wheelchairs, walking frames...
Upgradeable: It could make good use of 3D printing technologies to prototyping phase of the vehicles and/or construction phase as those technologies are improving fast and could provide options for light vehicles.
Safe solutions: Bamboo is a resistent and solid material that provides the same levels of mobility safety than other more common materials. Furthermore, the vehicles built such as walking frames could provide enhanced safety in the neighbourhood mobility.
Sustainable: Promote eco-construction based on bamboo and natural materials reduce the carbon footprint of the vehicles. Furthermore, those materials can be sourced locally which enables a short circuit strategy for sourcing them which has a virtuous impact on logistics and transport pollution.
Scalable: Intrinsically, after the pilot project, the idea could settle in another neighbourhood and so on... thus creating a larger bamboocommunity!
In a nutshell, this idea would provide an inclusive and accessible alternative to a sustainable active mobility for the community of the neighbourhood, regardless of age and condition criteria. The vehicles constructed will facilitate, improve and secure the mobility in the neighbourhood (and possibly further) and provide autonomy and empowerment to the community members.