What we do
The Arusha Bicycle Center (ABC) is a social enterprise and community center for bike sales and maintenance to promote bicycle mobility in Tanzania and educate youth in bicycle mechanics. We are closely linked with the Arusha Cycling Club. Velafrica is our partner in Switzerland, who provides us with quality bicycles and spares as well as technical know-how.
We offer a wide selection of good quality bicycles for Women, Men and Children. Moutain Bikes, Touring Bikes, City Bikes, BMX and kids bikes.
We have a wide selection of spare parts for different types of bicycles.
Bicycle Maintenance Services
We have trained mechnics who can help you to fix the bicycle. Come by and have a look.
Youth Education and Income Generation
We offer youth an education in bicycle mechanic. Youth develop the skills to repair and prepare bicycles, and learn about customer relationship, stock management, marketing or sales. Up to today, several graduates have openend their own branch or are part of VBC management.
With our Bike2School initiative, ABC supports children with a long school journey of more than 2 hours by foot.
Capacity, Time and Distance
Riding a bicycle is faster and easier than walking. In fact, you transport 5x more and travel 4x faster. Also, you reach 4x further compared to walking.
A bicycle helps children to reach school faster, be more puncutal and arrive fresher. A bicycle also makes a long school journey safer, particularly for girls, increasing enrolment and attendance rates. At the end of the day, more time also means more free time for homework and leisure.
Velafrica trains young girls to become bicycle mechanics. Breaking with a tabu in many regions in Sub-Sahara Africa, they serve as role models for other women to become independant enterpreneurs.
Women and girls suffer disproportaionally higher from poor transport and mobility opportunities. With a bicycle, women and girls get their lives back. They start their own business, perform better at school and face a brighter future.
Business and Income
Bicycles have the power to enable new business opportunities, increase business productivity, increase opportunities for trade or increase the delivery of extension services. This leads to new opportunites to generate regular income for households.
Being a fast and reliable mode of transport, bicycles improves access by the community to healthcare centers AND access by health workers to the community.
Riding a bicycle of course also gives you legs of steel, improves your wellbeing and keeps you fit!
A bicycle is quiet as a mouse and causes zero emissions, thus helping to slow global warming.
Bicycles are an affordable means of transport. There is no need to pay for travelling tickets or gas neither.
This is a small collection of the bicycles currently on stock. At our store, we have a wide selection of Mountain Bikes, Touring Bikes, Racing and Kids bikes. We can also customize a special bike for you. For special offers or deliveries, please contact Hans or Brigitte.
How to reach us
Tuesday: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 12 am - 6 pm
Thursday: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm
We are closed on Sunday, Monday and national holidays.
If you want to book an appointment outside of our opening hours, you can always contact Bridgette or Hans.
We are located next to Nature Discovery's office in Olasiti.
Bike to School Programm
With our "Bike to School Program", we support children with a 40% discount who face a long school journey of more than 2 hours by foot.
Since our start in june 2015
ABC provides sustainable bicycle mobility, youth education and job opportunities
5600 bicycles enable mobility
in a sustainable and efficient way
8 youth have finished a one year trainee programm
14 jobs created
helping income and improve livelihoods
Community Center established
for youth and cycling fans to gather
2019 opening of a new branch
Expanding Abc's activities in the region of Kilimanjaro