Calling all bike-minded people
This month is a gathering of the bicycle clans. From the (cycle) lanes of Bogota, Colombia to those in Cape Town, a group of cyclist lovers and supporters will lead the conversation on how we nurture Cape Town’s cycling culture. A true global exchange of ideas involving Bogota’s successful ciclovia and Cape Town’s citizen initiatives like Moonlight Mass, Cape Town Bike Polo, Camissa Bicycles, Cape Town Bicycle Map, Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN), Global Wheeling Foundation, Velokhaya – the Life Cycling Academy, Urbancyclist, World Naked Bike Ride, and more…
You’ve heard about CarrotMobs, right? Kind of the opposite of a consumer boycott, rather like or a socially conscious ‘Groupon’ deal. Instead of joining a boycott, you join a ‘mob’ to spend money as a group if a business agrees to make a socially responsible change. So here’s the deal for 28 May at Green Drinks CycleLINKS, South Africa’s first ever BIKEMOB… New at the Mill is the latest incarnation of Societi – The Josephine Mill Cookhouse. It’s not officially open yet, but in return for using you as part of its ‘test week’’, the restaurant will donate its Monday night profits toward purchasing bicycle-parking racks for the Mill. (Don’t worry, we’ll ensure they’re not the wheel-bender, bike-damaging racks. So bring your bike, your appetite and your wallet – and see you there.
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If you cycle and want to see more bicycles on the streets of Cape Town, or if you don’t cycle, but want to and wish it were safer and easier, this is something you must not miss!
The case of “ciclovia” 1 in Bogota, Colombia where the main artery of the city is closed to non-motorised vehicles for half a day every Sunday will be showcased along with the existing cycling routes in Cape Town. This will be followed by an informal discussion on what needs to be done to take cycling forward and truly make Cape Town a “world-class cycling city”.
Cape Town already has great examples including Moonlight Mass, Cape Town Bike Polo, Camissa Bicycles, Cape Town Bicycle Map, Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN), Global Wheeling Foundation, Velokhaya – the Life Cycling Academy, Urbancyclist, World Naked Bike Ride and more. This is our opportunity as citizens to help shape a future Cape Town resplendent with bike routes, bike parking, bike events, bike cafes, a strong bike movement and a healthier safer environment where all communities can take to the streets and connect.
The evening will start with a short presentation and will be followed by an open forum for everyone to present existing projects and/or ideas. We’ll end with a chance to capture current and future projects and talk to each other, over a drink, or dinner at the new restaurant, about cycling in Cape Town