Belew Dagnew Bogale, Assistant Professor Transport professional
Department of Transport Management, Masters Program Ethiopian Civil Service Unversity

Abstract :

Bicycle transport is one of non-mortised transport which uses human energy. It has no emission, and noise, it requires very small parking space, it is cheap to own and operate, offer door to door service, keeps the rider in a good health, and safe when it is segregated from fast traffic. This study presents bicycle transportation in Ethiopian secondary cities, the case of Bahir Dar and Hawassa. The dominant mode rather than walking in these cities is bicycle transportation. The research of both cities is done based on secondary and primary data of 408 bicycle riders. The findings witnessed that the topography, weather condition and the present city size of both cities is comfortable for bicycle transportation. But until now much recognition and management is not given to this mode in Ethiopia. Absence of adequate bicycle infrastructure facilities, fear of traffic accidents due to unsafe traffic situation, bicycle theft, lack of financial ability to own a bicycle, outdoor insecurity, poor quality of pavement of roads, lack of integration of bicycle facilities in transport planning, etc are some of the main impediments of cycling and bicycle transportation development identified in this study. The bicycle sector is a source of livelihood for many people. For sustainable bicycle transportation, policy makers and transport professionals have to take this sector in to account.