BEN, Qhubeka and PPA awarded tender for WC Government Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme

15th November 2019 – BEN, Qhubeka Charity and PPA, collaborating as the Bicycle Mobility Consortium, are proud to announce a significant bicycle distribution initiative with the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works.

Please read the following media release:

The Bicycle Mobility Consortium is closing 2019 on a high note. The consortium consists of Bicycle Empowerment Network, Pedal Power Association, and Qhubeka and has won a tender to supply bicycles to communities in the Western Cape over a three-year period as part of the Western Cape Government’s Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP).
The PSTP is a programme run by the Department of Transport and Public Works, and aims to improve public transport and the safety of roads and communities in the Western Cape. As part of the programmes commitment to non-motorised transport, the first year of funding will see 400 bicycles distributed. However, Qhubeka Executive Director, Tsatsi Phewani says that what’s most exciting is the holistic nature of the programme. “This is one of the first tenders awarded in South Africa that looks to address the full end-to-end programming impact of bicycles on communities,” she says. “It’s not about simply delivering bicycles to people – it takes into account the full picture of creating a bicycle culture, helping people improve their access to education and employment opportunities, and moving people forward using bicycles as a tool for success.”
The Consortium explains that one of the key lessons it has learnt over the last years is the importance of programmatic sustainability. “We believe it is our responsibility to work with communities to create long-term solutions to their challenges – solutions that work for them,” says Tim Mosdell, Executive Director at Bicycle Empowerment Network.
This is why the Bicycle Mobility Consortium has developed a comprehensive programming process that takes into account everything from manufacturing bicycles to managing the spare parts supply chain and even training bicycle mechanics so that the bicycles remain rideable and people have an opportunity to build bicycle-based businesses.
“This consortium has been three years in the making, developing holistic bicycle implementation programmes,” says Robert Vogel, CEO at Pedal Power Association “It’s wonderful to see the hard work bearing fruit and we look forward to changing more lives with bicycles together.”

Re-Cycle UK delivers AGAIN!

Many thanks to Re~Cycle UK for our container load of used bicycles. We were beyond excited to receive them on Monday, 4th November 2019. Our warehouse is packed and we itching to get the bicycles out into the communities. Thanks so much Re~Cycle UK – you have no idea how much these bicycles change peoples lives. Special thanks must go out to all the donors and volunteers who work so hard to get these bicycles to us. You guys are just amazing! Thank you

Tim Mosdell cycles with Premier Alan Winde and his #safetycycletour2019 team

Malmesbury receives another 105 bicycles with a visit from Premier Alan Winde and #safetycycletour19 team

31st October 2019 – #NewBikeDay for Ilingelethu High School learners in Malmesbury as they received an additional 105 Qhubeka bicycles on the “Learn to Earn” programme. Bicycles were sponsored by Rola Motors and Spar. We were honored to welcome Premier Alan Winde and his #safetycycletour19 team as they joined us in the presentation of the bicycles. Proud partnership with Qhubeka CharityPedal Power Association and Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN)

12 Bike4All’s received in great spirit in Gugulethu

The Gugulethu Community, Movement of Change and Social Justice (MCSJ), Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN), Pedal Power Association (PPA) and Qhubeka handed over 12 Bike4All bicycles to the Gugulethu Community Neighbourhood watch.
This distribution was held at the Gugulethu Sports complex in NY, Gugulethu. MC’s Noxolo Mayekiso and Phelisa Dlangamandla carried out the ceremony with guest speakers Neighbourhood watch speaker Ntobeko, Cycling sport speaker Xola Sono, distributor of chronic medication Ncedo Makhamba, Elliot Nombayeka who advises how using bicycles can generate income, Tim Mosdell CEO of BEN and closing off the ceremony was Ncedisa Quabazi.

Gugulethu community entertained us in true community style as they welcomed the bicycles to help serve the community.
Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity

On Bike Tours in Westlake

Meshack Nchupetsang, our BEC in Westlake, is proud to present “On Bike Tours”. It forms part of his growth strategy in diversifying his product to reach more people.
Tours will officially commence daily from 19th November 2019. Join him as he showcases the diverse beauty of Cape Town. Call Meshack on 078 279 6460 to secure a booking.  We wish you all the very best in your new venture.

120 Bicycles into Malmesbury

100 Ilingelethu scholars received their bicycles on 17th October 2019 on the Qhubeka “Learn to Earn” programme and a further 20 bicycles went to community safety volunteers in the community.  Bicycles were funded by Spar and Team Dimension Data.  Proudly partnered with Qhubeka Charity, Pedal Power Association and Bike4All.

Holiday Cycling Clinic in Mitchell’s Plain

30 September 2019 – School holidays are meant to be fun, so we headed off to the Weltevreden Community Center in Mitchell’s Plain for some cycling fun! Together with Coot B Community Watch and our BEC, Vyvan Bean from Mr B’s Bikes, we conducted a safe cycling school holiday program with at least 100 children from the community. Such well behaved children who enjoyed every minute of the training and cycling. Special thanks to Dragon Sports for the donation of Avalanche cycling gloves and to Cape Town Cycle Tour for the water bottles. The children were beyond excited to receive your donations. Well done to Coot B Community Watch for helping keep the community safe. Thanks to everyone for a great event.