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Youth Outreach Programmes aided by bicycles

At Inspire Life in Langa they inspire at-risk youth to turn their lives around for the better.  They afford them Film Productions skills so they can tell their experiences and impact the world.  The 12 bicycles they received in April 2021 have proven to be a tremendous draw card to bringing in more youth to their outreach programme.  Bicycles do change lives!   These bicycles were distributed through the PSTP bicycle distribution by the Western Cape Government Transport & Public Works Department, partnered with the Bicycle Consortium (Bicycling Empowerment Network), Pedal Power Association and !hubeka.

Bicycles empowering Women

Root 304 received bicycles in March this year.  This particular project was enabled to empower women in Mamre through the use of a bicycle.  Most projects are about learning the cultural and industrial history of their town.  BEN continues to promote sustainable social and economic empowerment through the use of bicycles.

100 bicycles to Stellenbosch Neighbourhood Watch organisations

100 Bicycles are getting ready for the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP) distribution to the Stellenbosch Neighbourhood Watch organisations.  #NonMotorisedTransportation #Bicycles #BicyclesChangeLives #WesternCapeProvince #NHW #Stellenbosch #safecycling #cycling #NewBikeDay #HeroesOnBikes

Every 2nd Friday – We ride!

To hail in Transport month, Open Streets Cape Town is reintroducing the #FridayCityCycle lunchtime ride, which takes place every second Friday from Rook cycles (173 Bree Street, CBD).

This is a short, easy exploration cycle through the city. The intention is to bring people together and out from their offices and homes and where you will meet like-minded people.

Bring your bicycle, a helmet, water and please wear your mask. Rental bikes are available from the start point at RookCycles.

Contact Open Streets at email address info@openstreets.co.za for more details.

Bicycles for Youth empowerment

29 September 2021 – Anchor Cycling Club received 10 bicycles in Riebeeck West to enable youth empowerment in the community, through the use of a bicycle.  We wish Anchor Cycling Club all the best with the projects Elton has planned ahead.  This is part of the Western Cape Government Transport and Public Works Departments Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP), partnered with Pedal Power Association, Bicycling Empowerment Network and Qhubeka.

Silversands NHW Kuilsriver receives bicycles

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.  

Bicycle Mechanical Training in process

David Bristow and Russel Yeo are attending a 1 Day Bicycle Mechanical Training at BEN.

If you interested in attending a course, then contact BEN office at 021 7884174.  Courses start at R800 for a day course (depending on your specific requirements).

A sad loss to BEN

27th September 2021 – It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved colleague Tony Florence who was laid to rest today after passing on 18 September 2021. Our hearts are with his wife Brenda and his loving family. He will be sorely missed at BEN!

Bike4All’s have arrived!

27th September 2021 – After 10 months of waiting our Bike4All Bicycles have arrived.  In January 2017, the Pedal Power Association (PPA) and Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) combined forces to launch the “Bike4All” programme. The programme has a strong, yet simple vision: Put more people on bicycles.  Bicycles will be used for funded projects.  Please contact us on info@benbikes.org.za if you are interested in funding a project.

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