The children of local Western Cape communities, including Retreat, Heathfield, Southfield and Elfindale will be enjoying their new BIKE4all bicycles this holiday.
Cape Town’s City Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, accepted a donation of 10 BMX bicycles on behalf of the City’s Recreation and Parks Department at Princess Vlei Eco-adventure Centre. The donation was made possible the bike4all partnership between the Pedal Power Association and the Bicycling Empowerment Network.
With school holidays underway, it was perfect timing, giving an excited group of kids who do not have bicycles to make full use of the BMX cycle track at the Eco Centre. The track was reopened last year, after a revamp of approximately R250 000.
Since then, cycling has been a popular choice for afterschool and holiday programmes, which attract a few hundred teenagers weekly from the local communities including Retreat, Heathfield, Southfield and Elfindale. Currently there are 40 children (between 10 – 18yrs old) attending the June Holiday Programmes. On average 75% make use of the BMX track.
More bicycles mean that more people can participate and bicycles are issued at programmes on a first come, first served basis. Should members of the public wish to participate, please note that all riders are required to sign an indemnity form as participants ride at their own risk.
The track is available Mon – Sat (08h30 – 17h00).