Leading up to the EcoMobility World Festival the City is in discussion with partners about the introduction of bike sharing, bike purchasing and bike rental schemes to make cycling more accessible to communities.
Access to bicycles is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome and many communities, especially students, do not have the resources to buy new bicycles.
The City is also active in the donation of bikes to learners in disadvantaged areas. During August, about 300 bikes will be donated to learners at Orlando High, Bona High and Noordgesig High School in Orlando. This is a partnership between the City of Johannesburg, the Gauteng Department of Education, Qhubeka, Freedom Ride and Dimension Data.
By October, this partnership will be launched in Alexandra with the aim of donating 1000 bikes to learners in partnership with Qhubeka and with funds raised from the various Freedom Rides that will happen during the EcoMobility Festival. To support the learners and other cyclists two Bike Empowerment Centres will be established to provide bike training and maintenance in Alexandra and Marlboro.
All cycling initiatives are accompanied by safety programmes and training to encourage responsible road behaviour, awareness of other road users and the use of helmets and safety gear.
Follow the link for more information: http://qhubeka.org/2013/?news=ride-for-freedom-ride-for-bicycles