In celebration of Youth Month, eThekwini Municipality opened the GO!Durban Cycle Academy Bike Park in KwaMashu E-Section on Saturday.
The launch highlighted the collaborative efforts of stakeholders who provided support to establish the new bike park.
This includes the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, the Federal Republic of Germany and the City’s local implementation partner Green Corridors.
The bike park features a world-class Velosolutions asphalt pump track.
EThekwini chief whip councillor Sibongiseni Mkhize described the bike park as a “beacon of hope in communities”.
“The park brings young people together using cycling as a common focus. Our hope for the new KwaMashu bike park is that it will promote a cycling culture which is in line with the City’s active mobility plan,” said Mkhize.
The GO!Durban Cycle Academy programme was founded in 2016 and has grown from one site in eNanda, to include sites in KwaDabeka, Chesterville and the new park in KwaMashu.
The programme trains around 400 youth on a weekly basis by providing free cycling, training, academic support, and life skills development.
The municipality has also introduced a bicycle-share pilot programme to promote active mobility in the City.
The pilot programme comprises of three key elements: training, equipment and ongoing maintenance.
Fifty community members have been identified following a rigorous selection process and will each receive a bicycle, helmet, and reflective safety vest. The bicycles are all fitted with tracking units that will enable GO!Durban to collect data that will allow the City to plan for better active mobility in the future.