Basic Skills Workshop

3rd February 2023 – The Basic Skills Workshop organised by Bicycling Empowerment Network was a resounding success, attracting a diverse group of community partners from the cycling community. The workshop covered a range of topics, including business skills, social media marketing, safe cycling practices, and hands-on bicycle mechanical training. The business sessions were especially impactful, with participants gaining valuable insights into creating and growing sustainable cycling enterprises. The social media training provided attendees with the skills they need to effectively promote their businesses online. Meanwhile, the safe cycling sessions emphasised the importance of proper road etiquette, protective gear, and bike maintenance, ensuring that everyone who attended had the knowledge they need to cycle safely. Finally, the hands-on bicycle mechanical training allowed participants to put their newly acquired skills into practice, leaving them confident in their ability to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance. All in all, the Basic Skills Workshop was a huge success, with participants leaving feeling empowered, informed, and motivated to take their cycling businesses and passion to the next level.

Re-Cycle UK Partnership ROCKS!

20 October 2022 – We were overjoyed to receive, yet again, another container load of 2nd hand donated bikes from Re~Cycle. The provision of a bicycle to a household in South Africa not only eases the mobility of school children, it also empowers the household with a tool for development that they can use to create income generation. Positive vibes for health, wealth and education. Bicycles improve access to farms, markets, jobs, schools and healthcare. It is significantly impacting on the lives of individuals. THANK YOU Re~Cycle for a fantastic partnership!!!!! #changinglives #bicycle #nonmotorisedtransport #transforminglives #positivechange #positiveimpact #bicyclereuse

Cally reaches Kilimanjaro!

21 August 2022 – She did it!  We would like to salute Cally Silberbauer who has just reached Kilimanjaro after setting off solo from Cape Town in 21 March. She is riding to raise awareness and funds to fight the scourge of gender-based violence.

Safety / Basic Mechanical training in Barkly West

On 15 – 19th August 2022 our Bike-4-All team spent a few days conducting safe cycling training, preparing future young riders for a lifetime of safe cycling!! This in support of a Qhubeka Charity bicycle distribution initiative in Barkly West – Northern Cape. Over 300 enthusiastic learners have been trained in safe cycling and basic bike maintenance before receiving their new steeds.


It’s Women’s Month and BEN is offering free maintenance and mechanic training to women and girls in August. We will tailor training to your needs – ranging from basic maintenance aimed at keeping you on the road to more specialized mechanic training. Places are limited, so please get in touch on so we can design your training experience and start to build those skills!!

Rosedale NHW gets 10 bicycles

21 July 2022 – Rosedale Neighborhood Watch in Eerste Rivier received much needed bicycles as part of the Western Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme’s (PSTP) Bicycle Distribution Project. This should significantly boost community safety initiatives in the area!! Our founder, Louis was on hand to help with the handover…  Thanks to our partners Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity  Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works Bike4All

Louis de Waal turns 85

22nd July 2022 – Happy 85th birthday to Louis de Waal who enjoyed his special day!!! We celebrated in suitable style by going on a bike ride around the Marina and eating vast quantities of cake!!!

Mandela Day 2022

BEN and our friends from Ciovita and PURA Premium Beverages got together to do our 67 minutes for good!!  What an inspiring day! We organized ourselves into teams which assembled bikes, packed accessory bags, sorted spares and spruced up the workshop – all the time strengthening our capacity to change lives through bicycles!  We built, sorted, painted and scrubbed to the smooth beats of DJ James. Who would have thought giving back could be such fun!  Making new friends and a difference.

20 Bikes for 20 Years!

14th July 2022 – What a party, celebrating the 1st of our 20 Year celebrations! We handed over 20 shiny new bikes to four very special children’s homes, Amazing Grace, Leliebloem House, Vision Child and Masigcine Children’s Home. The kids had a total blast!  We are so happy we could celebrate our 20th birthday with such inspiring people! Special thanks to Rotary Club Stellenbosch (for the 20 bicycles), False Bay Rugby-Club  (venue), Pedal Power Association
(safety bibs), Open Streets Cape Town , Jade Higgins (cake) and our latest partners PURA Premium Beverages (for beverages).

Re~Cycle UK container no 38 – 14,871 bicycles later…….

Excitement levels were high at BEN on 13 July 2022! Our latest shipment of bicycles from our wonderful partners, Re~Cycle , arrived from the UK after a much anticipated wait. Our crew unloaded the bicycles and our BEC’s are eagerly awaiting to purchase them and get them out into the communities at an affordable rate.  With the current costs of petrol – the bicycle is an essential tool for transportation.  Thank you to Re~Cycle and all those who kindly donated bicycles to South Africa.