Live Bicycle Radio: Giving voice and identity back to Colombia

There's a special bicycle moving around Belén de los Andaquíes in Caquetá, Colombia.

Published November 27, by Ode Magazine
By Katiek 

There's a special bicycle moving around Belén de los Andaquíes in Caquetá, Colombia. It seats two and carries with it a complete radio broadcasting system, able to send out Wi-max signals and be heard not only through the Andaquí Community Radio, but live through Internet as well.

The bike was built to give the Belén de los Andaquíes community – composed largely by families running away from violence in their hometowns and neighboring regions – its own voice and identity.

"This radiobike is a prime example of how they live up to their ideals: it is sustainable, it is cheap to maintain, it is environmentally sound, it is human instead of fuel powered, it allows for innovation and investigation, it can reach many different places and can be brought inside homes and it brings people together, working as members of a team: bike rider, speaker, audio operator in the cabin and the community at any event they are covering depend on each other for success" says Juliana Rincon.

Read more: rising.globalvoicesonline.org/blog/2007/11/26/innovative-tools-live-bicycle-radio