Street Use

Wooden Bikes

Wooden bicycles can be found all over the world. These handmade bikes are often larger-scale scooters that you sit on. Made with whatever wood can be found, they use small wooden home-made wheels covered with discarded rubber rims. Forward movement depends on the rider pushing with their feet. 



These wooden bicycles are ridden in the Banaue region of the Philippines. During an annual festival celebrating the culture of the regional tribes, wooden bikes are raced by participants in native costume. Notice the cool foot-activated brakes. These photos are from the Flickr pool of Harry Palangchao.

Wooden Bike

This kid bike is also found in the Philippines. This one too has a foot-actuated drag brake.



The ones above are found in Burundi and were taken by Will Okun. These wooden bike scooters are used to haul cargo. Pushed up hill and then ridden down.


Same idea in Ruhengeri, Rwanda. From Peter Strong at Camelworld.


Wooden bike-truck in Goma, Republic of Congo.


This one was found in Gikongoro, Rwanda and photographed by Louise Batalla-Duran for Wandering Spirit Travel Images.


Kids made their own bike in Tanzania. Note the yellow plastic “headlight.” From Wooden Bicycles in East Africa.


In Rwanda this farmer uses his wooden bike to haul lumber. Turns out there is a wonderful non-profit set up to help spread the technology and use of simple load-bearing bikes. The Coffee Bike Project will donate rugged metal bikes to coffee farmers in Rwanda to aid them in getting their beans to market.

Posted on May 31, 2008 at 10:02 pm | comments

  • Well wasen’t the original name “Push Bike”?

    Well wasen’t the original name “Push Bike”? I loved what I saw, thank you very much, I work on a community outreach program where we have to create something out of nothing to assist in poverty alleviation programs. This one will surely be used. If you know of something similar please let me know.
    Johan Van Tonder
    South Africa

  • Water

    hand made bikes? i wonder how can they ride? use feets? I hava a thought if we can use rapid prototyping technical to make that bike, it will be perfect!

  • OpheliaMorales

    I think that to get the home loans from creditors you ought to present a good reason. Nevertheless, one time I’ve got a college loan, just because I wanted to buy a house.

  • Ronja

    Only male human beings are riding these bikes? Are the women not allowed/supposed to or did you, resp. the photographers, only choose pictures with men?

  • Cristiane Cristhal

    gostei muito

  • Patrick Byrne

    Seeing that the nearest modern hospital is likely light-years away, perhaps someone could donate safer steel bikes to these folks.