Distributing aid supplied in earthquake zone by bicycle
So all this aid is piling up at Port au Prince airport in Haiti and they cant get it out to the population because there are no trucks and the roads are full of rubble.
One of the pics I saw was of a guy on a cheap MTB cycling past the rubble
. There are bikes undamaged, there are plenty of fit, young men. Extra bikes could be landed by small boat without the need for a sophisticated harbour or lifting equipment. Broken bridges can be repaired with planks of wood.
Ho Chi Min managed to create a pretty resiliant logistics chain on two wheels.
Im really surprised that all the various aid agencies with all their experience over many decades and many disasters haven't thought to use the simplest means to get their job done.
This would free up resources so that the heavy lifting gear could be flown in or driven overland without the roads getting clogged up with all the small stuff.
I thought I might post this up since a good search of "distributing emergency aid by bicycle" doesn't show any relevant results.
Last edited by MichaelW; 01-16-10 at 06:21 AM.