How to sum up a whole year? We must say it was hard not to notice how many more people were getting around by bicycle with more and more “skedonks” resurrected from garages and scrap heaps by people who last rode a bike when they were 6, their enthusiasm reignited by the thrilling thought of exploring Cape Town at night by bike with #moonlightmass. Thanks Elad and Daniel for bringing the cool factor back.
So on 28 May we attended a meeting held at The Josephine Mill dubbed “Green Drinks | Cycle Links” organised by a group of bike lovers/activists to talk about all the various cycling initiatives already taking place in Cape Town, amongst them Bicycle Cape Town,Cape Town Bicycle Commuter, Bicycle Portraits, RideYourCity, Moonlight Mass. Other initiatives and ideas for cycle lanes/paths/open streets/bike gangs/bike polo were also batted around.
This month on 17 July was ‘Cyclelinks 0.2’ ( ‘0.2’ because, as Sarah Stands put it – MANY more meetings to come! ) at the ‘HUBspace’.
The aim? To get the greater public, not just cycling, but more active in general. To give back to our community, our environment. We want to have our own Ciclovia / Open streets here in Cape Town. To be ‘Slaap Stad’ no longer.
Social media forums are a fantastic way to get things rolling. We’ve seen this here with Moonlight Mass from 30 to 800+ within a couple of months!