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Meet East Africa’s New Motorcycle Gangs

Sam Sturgis | City Lab   in  ·
April 21, 2015

Known throughout the region as boda bodas, two-wheeled motorbikes and motorcycles are the most convenient mode of transportation in East African cities. It’s not because the rickety bikes offer a more comfortable ride than a train or car. Rather, it’s their skinny frames. Agile and lean, boda bodas and their passengers snake easily through sclerotic gridlock. In Kampala, the capital of Uganda, an estimated 200,000 boda bodas circulate the city as informal taxis. If time is of the essence, a boda boda will be your swiftest mode of transportation.

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