It might come as a surprise to you that many adults in South Africa don’t know how to ride a bike. For a variety of reasons, many people, particularly women, do not have the opportunity to learn at an early age. But the good news is that it is never too late to try new things and there are some passionate people wanting to spread the bicycle love.
A few months ago, two avid Capetonian cyclists, Lebogang Mokwena and Leanne Brady, cooked up a social cycling initiative aimed at increasing and diversifying the profile of cyclists in the city. Through word of mouth and a widening friendship circle, the two expanded their cycling activities to teaching adults how to ride.
Following this growing success, Open Streets Cape Town, the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN), and Pedal Power Association (PPA) partnered with the two volunteers to extend the footprint of their bicycle education activities.
In the few months since the inception of the classes, more than 10 adults have learned how to ride. With the 10 bicycles sponsored by PPA and BEN, a target of 100 new cyclists by the end of 2017 has been set and is well within reach.
Lessons are taking place on Saturdays at the PPA offices in Mowbray and on 1 October, many of those who are learning in the coming weeks will help as volunteers to teach others how to ride at Open Streets Main Road.
Do you know how to ride? If not, contact us right away so you can book your seat and enjoy the magic of the bicycle.