Cycling festival in ‘Litsha Sunday

2018-05-31 06:02

To celebrate World Bicycle Day on Sunday 3 June, Cape Town Bicycle mayor, Lebogang Mokwena, and partners – Open Streets, Bicycling Empowerment Network, Pedal Power Association, Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy – will host a public celebration at the Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha.

It will be a day of awareness-raising and collaborative learning that will include free cycling lessons for adults, sharing of stories, learning about local initiatives and going on a group ride.

As part of the event, Mokwena will offer free cycling lessons for adults as part of her ‘learn2cycle’ programme; BEN Bikes and PPA will showcase their #Bike4All as well as the ‘cool kid on a bike’ programmes and Velokhaya will lead a group bicycle ride to showcase bicycle infrastructure in Khayelitsha­.

“The announcement by the United Nations (UN) designating 3 June as the official World Bicycle Day marks an important milestone for bicycle advocacy internationally­.

Acknowledging the multiple societal and environmental benefits of using the bicycle for transport, leisure, and social development, this UN Resolution strengthens global and country-specific cycling initiatives. It further emphasises the role that the UN system and its country programmes can play in supporting member states to promote social development through sport and physical education, including cycling.

As a UN member state, the responsibility is now on the South African government and its citizens to realise the bicycle’s potential as an instrument for social cohesion, transportation, recreation, and mobility-enhancing development,” the partners say in a statement.

The event at the Isivivana Centre will build on a public dialogue entitled “Street Minds: making cycling an every day thing in Cape Town” which took place in April in the Cape Town CBD.

“Having delved into the historical context of cycling in South Africa and globally at that meeting, the gathering on 3 June will focus on the lived experience of individuals in Khayelitsha today. The aim is to better understand challenges to cycling in Khayelitsha, and to explore what can be done to promote cycling.”

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