Electrifying Empowerment: Women Riding Electric Bikes for SafeBoda

SafeBoda
3 min readOct 13, 2023

By Dina Jasper Acen, Supervisor — SafeBoda Driver Wellbeing & Partners

A SafeBoda Lady driver test driving an electric bike at the SafeBoda Academy

In the ever-evolving landscape of ride-hailing services, a remarkable transformation is taking place: women are not only joining the ranks of drivers but are also increasingly opting for electric bikes as their mode of choice.

This shift is not only empowering women but also highlighting the benefits of electric bikes in the ride-hailing industry.

In this article, we delve into the women who are opting for electric bikes and how these eco-friendly machines are revolutionizing their work, making it more convenient and sustainable.

The Rise of Women in Ride-Hailing

SafeBoda recently opened up new avenues of employment for women in Kampala through partnering with Women Rising for Africa to promote the Women on Wheels program.

This program aims to increase inclusivity and provide a more conducive environment that encourages more female participation in all sectors of the boda-boda industry. The program was started in Kampala in collaboration with SafeBoda and Women Rising for Africa.

The program is conducted in a series of training that include Defensive driving, Self Defense, First Aid training ,Road Safety, technological support, Gender Based violence and Family planning training.

The training is provided to the ladies at no cost. The program also facilitates lunch for the ladies during the training period, transport for the ladies to and from the SafeBoda academy, loan down payment for the bikes and all other costs for opening the account, Learners Permit, Bodaboda stage acquisition fee.

Women from diverse backgrounds are seizing the opportunity to earn a living by providing safe and convenient transportation services. While traditionally dominated by male drivers, the industry is experiencing a wave of change as more women take the steering wheel.

Among these trailblazing women, an increasing number are choosing electric bikes as their weapon of choice in the ride-hailing revolution.

The Power of Electric Bikes and the Women on Wheels program

Electric bikes, or e-bikes, are rapidly gaining popularity for ride-hailing services, and for good reason. Unlike traditional fuel-powered bikes, e-bikes offer several advantages that are especially beneficial to women riders:

  • Environmentally Friendly: E-bikes are powered by electricity, emitting zero tailpipe emissions. Women riders who opt for e-bikes are not only contributing to cleaner air but also reducing their carbon footprint.
  • Cost-Effective: Operating an e-bike is considerably cheaper than maintaining a fuel-powered motorcycle. The reduced operational costs make it a financially sound choice for women who want to enter the gig economy.
  • Convenience and Ease: E-bikes are easy to operate and require minimal maintenance. They provide a smoother, quieter, and more comfortable ride, making them particularly suitable for women who may not have prior motorcycle experience.
  • Accessibility: E-bikes are accessible to a wider range of individuals due to their lower skill requirements and ease of use. This inclusivity encourages more women to participate in the ride-hailing industry.

Conclusion

The growing presence of women riders in the ride-hailing industry, particularly those who choose electric bikes, is a testament to the transformative power of the gig economy.

These women are breaking barriers, contributing to a greener planet, and enjoying the financial independence that ride-hailing offers.

As the trend continues, it becomes increasingly clear that electric bikes are not just a convenient mode of transport but also a catalyst for positive change, empowering women to take the reins of their financial futures while championing sustainability.

These women are not just riders; they are pioneers, proving that there are no gender boundaries when it comes to mastering the art of electric bike riding.

The world of ride-hailing is undergoing a green revolution, and in the midst of this transformation are the SafeBoda Women on wheels who have chosen to ride electric bikes from suppliers like Zembo to make a living.

In the streets of Kampala, these trailblazing women are not only redefining the gig economy but also championing sustainability.

Electric bikes are often hailed as the future of urban transportation, and for good reason as they produce zero emissions, significantly reducing the environmental footprint of ride-hailing services. Riding electric bikes is not only promoting eco-consciousness but also contributing to cleaner, greener cities.

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