10 Bicycles were distributed to the Lamberts Bay CPF on Friday 20 November 2021. These bicycles were handed over through the Western Cape Government – Transport and Public Works, Cape Town Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme in joint partnerships with BEN, Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity Bike4All and Rooibos2Muisbos. Community Policing is a strategy aimed at achieving more effective crime control, reducing fears of crime, improving quality of life, and improving police service and legitimacy. These goals are achieved through a proactive reliance on community resources, seeking to improve crime causing conditions.
Silversands Neighbourhood Watch in Kuilsriver received 5 bicycles on the PSTP bicycle distribution on 29th September 2021. Silversands NHW is a newly accredited NHW in the Western Cape. Each recipient receives a bicycle helmet, a lock, pump, tyre puncture set, spare tube and some bicycle tools to help keep their bicycles safe and well maintained, as well as a basic bicycle safety and maintenance guide. This is Western Province Department of Transport and Public Works project, together with the Bicycle Mobility Consortium made up by the Pedal Power Association, Bicycling Empowerment Network and Qhubeka.
16 September 2021 – Alpha Neighbourhood Watch in Grassy Park received 3 bicycles on the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP). Bicycles used to patrol the neighbourhoods helping fight crime. Western Cape Government – Transport and Public Works, Cape TownMEC Daylin Mitchell Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity Bike4All
We wrapped up the week on Saturday, 8th May with an On Bike “Westlake Safe Cycling Awareness Ride” in the Westlake community. The law is there to protect cyclists, but the cyclists need to adhere to road safety at all times.
Safe cycling relates to the combination of common sense, road rules and cycling knowledge to get you to and from your destination in a safe and efficient way!
Some points to remember…..
– Check your bike before you head off on your journey
– Wear a helmet
– Wear bright visible clothes
– Adhere to robots and road signs
The roads are there to share with fellow motorists and pedestrians. Be safe!
Onesimo is based in Crossroads/Philippi. The players come from as far as Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Mandalay. Many players would jog to training and Onesimo would have to provide taxi fare for their return. This proved a financial strain on the organisation as they didn’t always have petty cash, resulting in many boys missing training. Onesimo contacted The Bicycle Consortium and they were issued with 10 bicycles on the 19th May 2021. Onesimo says “These aren’t just bikes, these will assist us to keep our boys off the streets and on a regular training programme”.
September 2020 – Many thanks to Joey Gordon for sharing her project photographs with us. Joey is a 2nd year Visual Communication Design Student at Red and Yellow Creative School of Business in Cape Town. The brief of the project entailed Joey to document the story of a South African Company/Organisation building a better future. Thank you for choosing BEN as your project Joey. We hope you receive top marks!
Happy 83rd Birthday to Louis de Waal.
Louis, steaming ahead strongly, who has done so many different things in his life, ranging from family man, civil engineer, rugby player, cyclist, the Table Mountain man, the leader of numerous civic and sporting bodies and most importantly to us, our Chairman and Founder of Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN).
Louis, always cheerful, enthusiastic, encouraging, with a sense of always caring for those around him.
Well done, Louis. You’ve been and remain a role model for many to follow and admire.
We wish you the happiest of birthdays and look forward to celebrating with you soon.