BMX track gives hope to residents

Children cycle at the BMX track at The Princessvlei Eco Centre.
Children cycle at the BMX track at The Princessvlei Eco Centre.

The Princessvlei Eco Centre, in Elfindale is offering the public access to its BMX bicycles and track.

This is a wonderful activity for children, especially during school holidays.

The Pedal Power Association recently donated a few bicycles to the Princessvlei Eco Centre.

Jannis Jagger, the project manager of the organisation, said the Pedal Power Association donated 10 bikes to the centre earlier this year just before the June holidays.

The association, situated in Kenilworth, promotes cycling, the interests of cyclists and supports cycling-based community projects.

Furthermore, it lobbies for the interests of cyclists’ safety and rights, assists communities to develop through cycling and encourages the youth to cycle.

Jagger said the BMX bicycles and track is especially great for children during the school holidays.

The association operates all over the Western Cape and has also funded a group from Khayelitsha, Khaltsha Cycles, to make use of the BMX track.

Khaltsha Cycles aims to inspire and create cycling townships by enabling people to transform their lives and their communities through bicycling.

“We gave them an opportunity to ride on the track.”

The Strandfontein resident said the organisation did this because these children do not always have the opportunity to do this activity, or even have access to bicycles. “This has definitely made a difference,” says Jagger.

She says before they did not get the opportunity to ride bicycles. “Some children have also started cycling themselves,” she said.

Jagger said this makes the association feel really good because it is what they do.

Residents can visit the Princessvlei Eco Centre and choose a top-of-the-range Avalanche BMX and helmet and take to the BMX tracks for the day. Residents can also come in groups.

The Princessvlei Eco Centre is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 14:00 to 16:00 and Sundays from 09:30 to 12:00

V For more information phone the Princessvlei Eco Centre on 021 400 6128.

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