Two friends, Nicole Richards and Caitlin William’s on their three wheelers. Both ladies have grown up with cerebral palsy. They’ve been friends for over 20 years having attended Bel Porto School in Lansdowne together. After completing school, they both joined the Village Workshop in Claremont where they’ve worked for the past 11 years. The Village Workshop is a project of the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association. Caitlin’s bicycle was acquired with the help of the Bicycling Empowerment Network (through the Re-Cycle UK container that was donated in May 2021). The three wheeler provides the stability required for Nicole and Caitlin to enjoy the pleasure of cycling, enabling them to fit in normally with society.
Our long awaited shipment of bicycles have arrived. We were delighted to have Louis de Waal (Founder of BEN) here to lend a helping hand. These bicycles will be assembled and distributed through the PSTP Bicycle Distribution to promote sustainable social and economic empowerment. We do this by ensuring a reliable supply of donated and affordable bicycles to disadvantaged communities and institutions. This programme is run by the Western Cape Government Transport Department in collaboration with Pedal Power Association, Bicycling Empowerment Network and Qhubeka.
Providing access to bicycles needs to be complemented by rider and safety training. All of our bike distributions are accompanied by appropriate safety training. We also provide safety training to schools and community organisations. We work closely with other organisations, including the Pedal Power Association (PPA) in developing safety training methods and associated materials.
4 Feb 21 – Fairmount Secondary School in Grassy Park received 5 bicycles on the PSTP Bicycle Distribution Programme. Learns will receive the bicycles on a Learn-to-Earn programme. The PSTP is a joint partnership with Western Cape Government Transport and Public Works Department, Qhubeka, Pedal Power Association and Bicycling Empowerment Network, improving non motorised transportation in the Western Cape.
9 February 2021 ~ PSTP bicycle Distribution Programme distributes 10 bicycles to Our Fertile Ground based at Rondebosch Common. Our Fertile Ground cycling program is a multifaceted program that provides the opportunity for children and young adults to be included in something that everyone admires: athletic competition. Most of them have had no one who supports their efforts and struggles through life but Our Fertile Ground brings them into their program and teaches them despite any and all obstacles. They find themselves on the road with cheering supporters and a crowd that believes in them and their success. They learn from accomplishment in a world where very little has been previously offered. Rather than get involved in violence and crime, they are given the opportunity to have an athletic outlet and the love and support of their team. They allow them to experience progress and success as they finish the bike races that they have prepared for all year long. Proud PSTP partnership with Western Cape Government of Transport and Public Works, Qhubeka, Pedal Power and BEN.
Smart Kingdom Kids Academy in Retreat received 10 bicycles on the PSTP Bicycle Distribution Programme. This children’s program focuses on creativity enhancement for children at risk of entering into gangsterism and drugs.