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Festival Voices, 4 October: “I’m here because I’m a Joburger”

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04.10._Mohammed“I think it was a really good day. People came out, which was what we wanted. There was a big group of cyclists, walkers, skateboarders and so on − everyone in one space! I think the kind of vibe that was given through the stilt walkers and drummers really created a vibrant space were people just wanted to be around. The movement was smooth, you did feel it. We wanted a bigger crowd, but it was really entertaining and did a good job!”

Mohammad Suleman, co-organizer of the Streets Alive Parade and of the Freedom Ride on October 11th


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“I’m here at the Festival Opening because I’m a Joburger. Even though cycling is more a sport than a daily routine for me, I think it is a great initiative. The city needs to be better for cyclists and pedestrians. However, I expect there will be some frustration for motorists. It is very easy to criticize the festival. Instead I want to support what they do here!”

Lucille Davie, came on her cycle to attend the Streets Alive Parade


04.10._Ramesh4“I heard about the Festival in the Sandton Chronicle. The city must make sure that the idea is successful. As cyclist, you feel uneasy and unsafe in Sandton and all over Johannesburg. I like to see more people in the CBD cycling and using cycles to go to work. Motorists should accept that there is a place for cyclists and pedestrians, they must accept it. And cyclists need to take charge of the roads and go out. I try to cycle every day to show visibility for cyclists as roads are not safe for cyclists in South Africa. Cyclists need to be more optimistic that nothing bad happens to them. We need to make a change in this country to have a safer environment for everyone!”

Ramesh, used to be a runner and started cycling recently

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Featured photo: Simphiwe Nkwali, courtesy City of Johannesburg

Photo Muhammad: Daniel Huhn, courtesy Fietscher Film

Photo Lucille: Theresa Zimmermann, courtesy The Urban Idea

Photo Ramesh: Theresa Zimmermann, courtesy The Urban Idea