Ride your bike to work

The Open Streets NPO is hosting various activities in partnership with the Pedal Power Association, Bicycle South and Bicycling Empowerment Network to mark Transport Month in October.

There will be weekly #Bike2Work bike buses from Claremont, Gugulethu and Table View to Cape Town happening every Friday during the month.

The #Bike2Work initiative started in Claremont in April this year.

Anyone with a bicycle and helmet can join the bike buses. For those who don’t own a bicycle, Pedal Power Association and the Bicycling Empowerment Network will provide #Bike4All commuter bikes on a first come, first served basis.

The bike buses will be joined by special guests who share the desire to improve commuter cycling in Cape Town, including Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde and Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sebastiaan Messerschmidt. Details of meeting points and routes can be found on www.openstreets.org.za

From Claremont, the #Bike2Work bike bus will depart from Palmyra Junction at 7am and will end in Cape Town.

The Table View bus leaves from Bayside at 6.45am and meets up with the buses coming from the northern suburbs, including Edgemead and Bothasig, at Woodbridge Island, Milnerton, at around 7.05am.

There are two buses in the afternoons going home, at 4.35pm and 5.15pm, and they meet across the Train Lodge just before the Nelson Mandela flyover.

Gugulethu riders meet at the Gugulethu police station at 6.15am and depart at 6.30am.

For more information call Open Street co-founder and managing director Marcela Guerrero Casas on 072 214 6736.

The next Open Streets event will take place in Woodstock on Sunday October 28 when a 1.7km stretch of Sir Lowry/Victoria Road between Russell Street and Roodebloem Road will be closed off to motorised traffic, from 9am to 2pm.

It will be open to people to walk, play, skate, dance and reimagine the street as an inclusive public space.