Aspirations and visualization
Our organization aspires to make Jordan a leading country in using bicycles as a means of transportation and as a part of the average Jordanian' daily routine.
We visualize a society much similar to that in developed countries, regarding active transport, where no specific age group but almost all age groups share this mutual dependence on cycling, for that we intend to make society's' perspective towards people who use active transport as to view them as professional and modern individuals.
Our asspiration and visiolization includes:
1- Spreading the cycling culture amongst students so that bicycles are a common choice of transportation from and to schools, as students mostly live around or nearby their schools.
2- Spreading the cycling culture amongst employed Jordanians how live nearby
their work place, so that cycling is perceived as a form
of modernization and professionality.
3- Spreading the cycling culture as a means of recreation and improving
4- Creating new job opportunities in the field of bicycle maintenance.
5- Training and preparing individuals targeted by our projects in safety precautions.
1- Bicycles distribution campaign in 'Manshiet Bani Hassan' منشية بني حسن.
Manshiet Bani Hassan is located in the Mafraq governorate in the
eastern north of the kingdom of Jordan which contains over 230 schools
making it one of our targeted areas as students are one of our major targeted
audiences. Also, the relatively low population density in these parts allow them
to be an optimal bicycle distribution point with regards to traffic and safety
considerations; the topographic features in the area was suitable for cycling, and so allowed for the use of bicycles as a mean of transportation and recreation. The bicycle distribution event also included handing out safety gears, and the conducting of safety training, the number of distributed bicycles is 60.
2- Bicycles distribution campaign in 'the Jordanian Himma'. الحمة الاردنية
The Jordanian Himma is a village located in the Irbid governorate in the
north of the kingdom around 100 km north of the capital Amman.
Its governorate contains over 230 schools and the village itself is considered
to a destination for seekers of relaxation and Psychological comfort.
The environmental impact of reducing dependence on motor vehicles in
that area would have an important value making it an important target area for our consideration. The campaign was conducted in that area under the patronage of Her Royal Highness princess Basma Bint Ali.
3- Bicycles distribution campaign in 'The South Shouna' (الشونة الجنوبية)
Alshouna Al Janoubieh is a town located in the west of the of Jordan around 30 km
from the capital Amman. Amongst a number of properties, it is valued for being
a tourist attraction.
The distribution campaign was a part of the celebrations of the 48th anniversary
of Al Karama Battle and the Great Arab Revolt Centennial, we had distribute 100 bicycle to the students.
Significance of the Projects
-Adapting with population growth The Jordanian department of statistics
issues its reports regarding the population growth in Jordan on a regular
basis. The data shows that the population increased by about 6 times
(630% increase) between the 1950's and the 1990's, and reached over
9.5 million by 2015. Also, according to 'STATISTA', a specialized statistics
website, Jordan ranks number 4 globally in population growth and hosting
immigrants; this would lead to a significant increase on the demand for
transportation and hence would contribute significantly to polluting emissions
and health risks and could increase mortality rates as a major proportion of
mortalities are caused by car accidents.
The introduction of bicycles would somewhat reduce dependence on motor vehicles and reduce any potential associated effects in this regard.
- Mitigating climate change
Mitigation could be defined as the elimination or reduction of the frequency, magnitude, or severity of exposure to risks; and by reducing the dependency on motor vehicles usage and the emissions associated with it, which are a main cause of accelerating climate change, it is reasonable to argue that active transport including cycling is a viable mean of climate change mitigation.
-Public health and economy
A number of factors inspired the initiation of the Darajati society for
the conservation of environment including the increase of fuel prices
which effected a significant proportion of the population who most of
which are living under the poverty line in Jordan.
Another factor was the increase in the maintenance costs of cars and the general increase in living costs, also the lack of a riliable public transportation system was an important factor which has a number
of socioeconomic effects on Jordanians including problems associated with
arriving to school and work on time.
The emissions associated with cars include CH4; NOX; CO2; VOC, also CH4 could result in the production of ground level O3, these species could induce adverse health effects including respiratory
diseases and cancers and they could also cause material damage
such as corrosion of tires and ruining of paint works, the implications
could also include negative effects on agriculture due to damaging of
plant leaves and affecting adsorption of nutrients on plants' roots,
needless to say how increasing dependence on active transportation,
namely cycling, would interfere as a reducer of these negative effects
on the health and the economy, either directly by reducing their causing
factors or indirectly due to the correlated effect between health and economy; improved economy leads to improved health and vice versa.