The Tour d'Afrique Ltd is named for its 2003 flagship cycling tour that annually traverses the African continent from Cairo to Cape Town (12,000 km in four months), arriving Cape Town in mid-May each year. Directly and indirectly Tour d'Afrique benefits third world countries by organizing and staging transcontinental bicycle tours and races lasting ten days to four months, today traversing four continents and over thirty countries.
After four months of cycling across Africa, riders of the 2010 Tour d'Afrique Bicycle Race and Expedition crossed the official Finish Line at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Saturday, 15th May 2010. "The sense of achievement felt by each and every participant cycling those last few meters of the 12,000-kilometre event is beyond words." said Henry Gold, Founder of the world's most grueling bicycle event. "It is one of those rare moments in life when everything seems to be crystal clear, when you feel secure about yourself, your life path, your place in the world and when you say to yourself "After this, I can do anything"." The annual trans-continental bicycle race-expedition which travels through ten African countries was welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, embassy officials, family, friends and fans.
While Tour d'Afrique is first and foremost an endurance event for professional and amateur cyclists alike, its mandate is to assist desperately ill people in some of the poorest nations in the world receive better health care while simultaneously proliferating the bicycle as a viable means of transportation. "Over the past 8 years, together with BEN and other partners, the Tour d'Afrique Foundation has donated and distributed over 1300 bicycles to HIV/Aids Health Care Workers through Africa," said Gold, "but preserving the environment and combating global warming by cycling, walking and using public transport as often as possible is the message we're putting out."
"Cities all over the world are committing to a rational approach towards sustainable transportation which is essential for the future of the planet and the health of its people." said Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson. "The City of Cape Town is working closely with BEN and the Non-Motorized Transport Forum to turn Cape Town into a cycle friendly City and in the process, secure a more sustainable and healthy home for us all in the Western Cape."
MyCiTi Cycling Route
||Tuesday, 1 February 2011
||6:30am – 6:45am
||Civic Centre Station on Hertzog Boulevard
||Bronwen Mintoor on 021 462 1706 or email@example.com. If you need a place on the bus leaving from Civic Centre Station at 6:00am, please let Bronwen know by Wednesday 26 January.
Grab your bicycle – and helmet – and join us on Tuesday, 1 February 2011 to launch the first major Non-Motorised Transport route of the City of Cape Town’s new MyCiTi system.
A mass ride will take place from Woodbridge Island, Milnerton into town, to show that commuting to work by bicycle on these new lanes, dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists, is easy and fun.
Media, cyclists and dignitaries will gather at Woodbridge Island, Milnerton, between 6:30am
The Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato, and Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Elizabeth Thompson, will welcome all.
The group departs at 6.45am for the 8km ride into central Cape Town. The peloton will travel at an average cadence of 60 rpms enjoying the slipstream of the team leaders.
Domestiques from the City, and local cycling organisations, will ensure the safety and comfort of everyone.
Skateboarders and rollerbladers are welcome to join the ride.
Cyclists near the Civic Centre can catch one of several buses from the Civic Centre Station on Hertzog Boulevard at 6am for Woodbridge Station. Phone 021 462 1706 by 26 January 2011 to book a place on the bus.
Non-cyclists can also catch the 6am buses from the Civic Centre Station. The buses will return from Woodbridge Station to Civic Centre Station at approximately 7am.
RideLife Cape Town 14 and 15 May 2011
More information to follow.
Moving-Planet / 350.org Parade to Combat Climate Change
||Saturday, 24 September 2011
||to be determined
BEN and local NGO's will be collaborating on a public parade to raise awareness to global warming and climate change in conjunction with
Moving-Planet / 350.org, an international organization committed to combating climate change and asking law makers to make effective change.
All interested businesses &/or general public are welcome to join the parade and festivities... time/place/exact details still remain in "planning stage." However, we know that there will be a parade on that particular day, as cities all over the world will be creating similar events that day.
City of Cape Town recognizes October as "Transport Month." Public events through the City &/or local businesses/NGO's will be staged to promote all kinds of transportation options; specifically highlighting "non-motorized" transport; cycling & public transportation- bringing awareness to and advocating for shared & safe road use for all. Various cycling clubs will be hosting rides & the City lists it's sponsored events on their website: www.capetown.gov.za
Hout Bay Green Faire
||Saturday, 29 October 2011
||10am - 6pm
BEN has been invited to attend this faire. We will be there with our gazebo talking about BEN programs and initiatives. It is housed at the Kronendal Elementary School; on their green. 88 organizations were there last year (local NGO's and organizations focused on sustainability) with an attendance over 2000 people.