BMX tracks reopened

2018-10-30 06:01

BMX enthusiasts from in and around Princess Vlei flocked to the opening and relaunch of the Princess Vlei BMX track on Saturday 27 October.

The track was revamped, consolidated and fixed earlier this year (“BMX track to launch soon”, People’s Post, 24 July).

“The BMX track was there a number of years ago, but had fallen into a state of disrepair. What we are trying to do now is to rehabilitate that.

“We had a group of young people as well as some parents who have driven the initiative and have brought the young people along to the track, and have started to clean up the cycle track,” said ward 72 councillor Kevin Southgate at the time.

The initiative has been driven by the Cycle Shop in First Avenue in Retreat, run by Vincent and Gaynor Groenewald.

The City of Cape Town also brought in some contractors to consolidate the surface, bringing in some extra gravel to the area.

Mansoor Pillay (20) works at the Cycle Shop and helped organise Saturday’s launch.

Pillay says the idea came about when he and a group of friends approached the shop and enquired about the unused track.

“We were a group of boys who came here to the bike shop. We decided that we were going to go to the track. We went to the track and this guy helped us and we cleaned the track up nicely. We rode there, but they said the track was going to open, but it never did. So we kept on going until something happened,” says Pillay.Keeping youth off the streets

A major added factor is to provide an alternative space for the youth of the area to express themselves and possibly learn a new skill.

“The reason why we are doing this is to bring the children off the street and keep them busy. We want to help prevent them from doing wrong things, not to become gangsters, because the community is not right for the children, so if they come off the road then they will be fine,” adds Pillay.

He says that the group plans to teach children how to BMX and how to use the track.

“Once you come and look at what we are doing, we will then loan out a bike and teach them what to do. As time goes and we get more bikes, we will be able to offer new children a bike. We cycle every Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00.”

V For more information, call Mansoor Pillay on 064 363 8727.

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