On Monday, 25th June 2018 we handed over 10 #bike4all bicycles to VRT Pitt Primary School in Swellendam. Alpha Fransman from Railton Foundation Swellendam contacted Rohan Germishuys PETRICHOR ADVENTURES for a plea for bikes at the school. Rohan contact Albert from Cape Country Unplugged, who phoned Tim Mosdell from Bicycling Empowerment Network. This is how it all happened to get bikes into VRT Pitt School. The Principal, Mr Isaac Langeveldt, together with learners from the school were over the moon to receive the bicycles. We had the pleasure of meeting the Swellendam Municipal Manager, Mr Anton Groenewald and happy to report that Robert Vogel from Pedal Power Association will be assisting Swellendam with safe cycling signage in the near future. #bike4all will be back in a month to hand over more bikes in Swellendam.
Open Streets special guest for this month’s #Bike2Work Bike Bus is Louis de Waal, Founder and Chairman of Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) and one of the co-founders of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Register here if you are joining him! https://goo.gl/forms/eMVZZEnWQRLMj4Sm1
BEN and PPA were in Grabouw celebrating Youth Day with the children in the community. Youth Day was organised by TDK Stakeholders at The Gerald Wright Memorial Hall, supported by Grabouw B E A U T I F U L Campaign and Trails End Hotel
Tuesday, 12th June 2018 was a big day for Masiphumelele High School. Pedal Power Association and Bicycling Empowerment Network, through their #bike4all programme, handed over 20 bicycles and helmets to the school to establish cycling as a sport at the campus. The CTCTT was also on hand to handover a cheque to the Principal, Mr M’Afrika, to say thanks to the school for running an excellent water table during the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Each learner at the school was also given a small gift for being such awesome cycling ambassadors! In the coming weeks BEN and PPA will return to the school to run safe cycling and basic maintenance training.
To celebrate World Bicycle Day 2018, Open Streets joined forces with Cape Town Bicycle Mayor, Lebogang Mokwena, and partners – Bicycling Empowerment Network, Pedal Power Association and Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy – for a day of awareness-raising and collaborative learning. Event was held at Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha.
Welcome to our new intern at BEN, Ayabonga Komani from Khayelitsha, who will be learning mechanical skills and assisting Solly and Jason in the warehouse. We look forward to seeing your growth and progress at BEN
Bike4all conducted a “Cool Kid on a Bike” safety training programme at Alpine Primary School in Mitchells Plain on 22nd May 2018. The grade 5 scholars enjoyed the programme and learnt some valuable safety training on cycling. Well done Grade 5’s. Plenty of happy faces. No 1 rule – wear helmets at all times!
Field trip on the Kommetjie Corridor. 3rd Stop – Future Legends of Africa in Ocean View, run by James Esterhuizen. James’s business is currently undergoing a revamp due to the generous funding from our Donor Annette from Swizerland. James is well known in his community for his bicycle sales, bicycle mechanics and community service. For bike sales & bicycle mechanics contact James on 0761822430. Future Legents of Africa is located at Ocean View High School, Hydra Road, Ocean View.THANK YOU to Annette from Swizerland for her ongoing support on the Kommetjie Corridor. We look forward to sending you pictures of James’s completed revamp . James is also in the process of having a BMX track built for the people of the community. This is largely funded by The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.
Field trip on the Kommetjie Corridor. 2nd Stop – Masi Bike Shop in Masiphumelele run by Solomon ( Morgan) Chikumba who also received funding from our Donor Annette from Swizerland to revamp his business premises. Morgan is well known for his bicycle sales and bicycle rentals. Big shout out to Tony Florence from BEN on a fabulous revamp. For bike sales contact Morgan on 0742427588. Masi Bike Shop is located at 1764 Pokela Street, Masiphumelele. Once again, a very special THANK YOU to Annette from Swizerland for her ongoing support on the Kommetjie Corridor. This would not be possible without your funding.
Field trip on the Kommetjie Corridor. 1st Stop – Eyethu Cycles in Westlake run by Meshack Nchupetsang who recently was lucky enough to be funded an upgrade by our Donor Annette from Swizerland. Meshack is known for his expert mechanical skills and runs a small spaza shop from his business. We commend Tony Florence from BEN on a job well done. For bike sales and mechanical servicing contact Meschack on 0782796460. Eyethu Cycles is located at Cnr of Westlake drive & Linx Way, Westlake. A very special THANK YOU to Annette from Swizerland for her ongoing support on the Kommetjie Corridor. This would not be possible without your funding.