As the weather warms up, the Open Streets organisation is hosting their annual Bike2Work initiative encouraging locals to cycle to work and reduce their Carbon emissions footprint, helping to alleviate global warming.

The Bike2Work initiative is part of the provincial transport month where the Open Streets organisation encourages members of the public to use non-motirised forms of transport.

In an effort to promote cycling to work, the initiative creates ‘bike buses’, consisting of a large group of cyclist that meet to travel together from a certain area to Cape Town CBD.

The initiative will take place every Friday for the month of October.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, joined in on the bike bus last Friday, sharing that cycling to work is highly beneficial.

“Cycling to work has a number of benefits – it decreases traffic congestion and carbon emissions, and has health benefits. Following a number of petrol price increases this year, it’s also an excellent way to save money,” he said.

Participants must have their own bike and safety helmet to participate.

Pedal Power Association and Bicycling Empowerment Network is providing ‘commuter bicycles’ that are available on a first come first serve basis. Bikes must be booked prior to usage and can be done by contacting [email protected]

The ‘commuter bicycles’ are on special offer for R500 for the month of October and can be purchased from Pedal Power Association and Bicycling Empowerment Network.

The ‘bike buses’ ensure the safety of those cycling and is a fun and engaging way to commute to work. Capetonians are able to cycle to work from Claremont, West Coast, Northern suburbs, Gugulethu and Athlone.

Here is a detailed schedule of the bike buses:

Claremont 

Departure: Palmyra Junction, Vida Cafe at 7am.

Arrival: Cape Town CBD, Civic Centre

Please register to attend the event here.

Bike2Work Claremont to Cape Town CBD

 

West Coast and Northern Suburbs 

Table Bay 

Departure: Bayside Mall, 6.45am

Arrival: Seattle Coffee Company, Cape Town CBD

Both bike buses will meet to cycle to town together.

Milnerton 

Departure: Woodbirdge Island 7.05am

Arrival: Seattle Coffee Company, Cape Town CBD

Please register to attend the event here.

Two bike buses depart from Cape Town CBD at 4.15pm and 5.15pm.

Bike2Work Northern Suburbs and Milnerton to Cape Town CBD

 

Gugulethu and Athlone

Departure: Gugulethu Police Station, 6.15am

Arrival: Seattle Coffee Company, Cape Town CBD

Please register to attend the event here.

Bike2Work Gugulethu to Cape Town CBD

 

Picture: Unsplash

 

Article written by

Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.