Mandela Day comes to BEN

18 July 2019 – Mandela Day came to BEN this year! A HUGE thank you to Mike, Bonny, Vanita & Team from Green Route Africa who came to our offices and painted this morning. You guys were just awesome and we so enjoyed the fun “gees”. Madiba would be proud of you all. THANK YOU!

AfrikaBurn/Pedals for Peace bicycles into Ceres

12 July 2019 – Super proud to be part of this amazing initiative. Starting with Pedals for Peace supplying bicycles for rental at Afrikaburn, with a “hand me back” concept to enable 250 bicycles to be handed over to the community – what better community than the Ceres Witzenberg community. 12 Schools, in and around Ceres, received bicycles today. So well organized with partners CBI : Ceres Sakekamer Western Cape Government Qhubeka Charity Bike4All Pedal Power Association. What a great distribution!

Re~Cycle UK Delivers again!

Re-Cycle UK DELIVERS AGAIN! We are jumping with joy as BEN receives another container of “previously loved” bicycles. Thank you Re-Cycle UK!!! Time to get these bicycles new homes!

Thank You Tools to Work, Netherlands

Without the generous donation of previously used bicycles we would not be able to contribute towards improving mobility in South Africa. Receiving these bicycles change peoples lives. Many people have to walk kilometers to school and work, taking strain on their already challenging lives. The use of a bicycle can elevate this stress. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners Tools to Work, based in Teteringen, Netherlands for our shipment of 120 bicycles we received on 13th June 2019. THANK YOU

Bike4All handover at 18 Gangster Museum in Khayelitsha

On 16 May 2019 Bike4All handed over six single speed bicycles to 18 Gangster Museum.  These bikes were funded and used once in the Cape Town Cycle Tour and now will empower this incredible socially conscience business as they continue to impact Khayelitsha positively!   Bicycles truly do impact people in a massive way.

From Norway with Love!

On 31st May 2019 BEN were fortunate to receive the Norway SOTS container from Stavanger Offshore Tekniske Skole holding 160 bicycles. These bicycles were collected by the students of the Technical School and sent to us in Cape Town to improve mobility in our beautiful country. Many thanks to Stavanger Offshore Tekniske Skole for supplying us, not only with the bicycles, but the container too. The container has been placed at PPA which is going to be used for storage at this stage. Thank you to all concerned with this great partnership.

Re-Cycle UK Rocks!

On 13 May 2019 we were ecstatic to receive a container of 2nd hand bicycles from Re-Cycle UK. These bicycles are collected throughout the UK and forwarded to us in Cape Town, South Africa.  The bicycles are sorted and distributed to the community through our Bicycling Empowerment Centres. 

Bike4All headed to KwaZulu Natal for safety training

May 2019 ~ Jannis and Sam, from Bike4All, had the pleasure of teaching safe cycling to over 300 children at Yamela High School in Eshowe, Kwa Zulu Natal. Qhubeka Charity will be handing over bicycles to the individuals on the “Learn to Earn” Programme. Receiving bicycles will change the lives of these learners who have to walk kilometers to get to school.

Ceres gets bicycles thanks to AfrikaBurn Pedals for Peace Project

12-13 June – Thanks to the AfrikaBurn Pedals For Peace project we found ourselves in the Ceres area teaching safe cycling and basic mechanical training to the learners who will be receiving their bicycles next month. This project is under the capable hands of the CBI : Ceres Sakekamer. 200 Bicycles have been allocated to the Ceres area and most of these bicycles are going to individuals at schools including Ceres Secondary School Morrisdale Secondary School, Laerskool Gericke, St Marks Primary School, Boy Muller Primere Skool Boplaas Primary Waveren High School Wolseley Secondary School, Witzenberg Primary School. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the hosting Schools Boy Muller Primary in Koue Bokkeveld, St Marks Primary in Prince Albert Hamlet and Wolseley Secondary School in Wolseley. We look forward to the distribution which takes place in Ceres on the 12th July 2019. Proud partnerships with Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) Pedal Power Association on the Bike4All project and Qhubeka Charity

World Bicycle Day – 3rd June 2019

World Bicycle Day is celebrated across the globe on Monday 3 June and Cape Town’s bicycle advocates came together to reward cycle commuters. Set up opposite Hartleyvale Stadium on the Liesbeek Parkway cycle path into the Cape Town CBD, the team handed out gifts to people cycling into town, capturing stories of everyday commuter champions.

One of the surprise recipients of a reward was cycling enthusiast and Premier of the Western Cape, Mr Alan Winde, who encouraged others to join in, get on bicycles and help reduce congestion on our roads.

The group of advocates included Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN Bikes), Cape Town Bicycle Mayor Lebogang Mokwena, Bicycle South, Bike4All, Khaltsha Cycles, LIFE Brand, Open Streets Cape Town, Pedal Power Association and Qhubeka. Through various programmes, we all promote the use of the bicycle in and around Cape Town, believing it can radically improve the city’s transport landscape, as an affordable and environmentally friendly means of transport.

”I ride my bicycle to work in Pinelands every day and besides the challenges – reckless drivers and lack of safe cycling lanes – it sets my day on the right course, saves me money and allows me to experience Cape Town in a complete new way” says Noluthando Mqadi