Bikes donated to promote a safer future

Thami Ngidi, Linda Mabanga and Blessing Ndlovu.

TO promote alternative transport, six bicycles were donated to KwaDabeka Adventure by the eThekwini Municipality and Durban Green Corridor as part of the City’s Transport Month Activities.

In October, a series of road safety awareness campaigns were conducted in the City to raise awareness of the vital role that transport plays in society for the betterment of communities and the economy.

eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, was inspired to task the young people of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy to create artworks which illustrated their future vision of transport for the City.

Gumede said she believed that exposing the youth to such programmes helps to imagine a safer future.

More than 100 children enrolled in the GO!Durban Cycle Academy gathered at eNanda Adventure Park and KwaDabeka Adventures in the previous weeks to paint their vision and creative expression of what transport could look like in years to come. Some of the works were selected for printing onto six 3m x 1m banners, which were erected at the eThekwini Transport

Authority offices in recognition of Transport Month.

The children officially handed over the banners to Mondli Mthembu, chairman of the Human Settlement and Trading Services Committee, at a small ceremony at the GO!Durban Cycle Academy at KwaDabeka Adventures, which was attended by local leadership, the academy cyclists and city officials.

Mthembu, congratulated the children for their interest and efforts in creating some “truly amazing and beautiful work that inspires and motivates us all to improve and create a better transport system for the benefit of all.”

The six bicycles which were donated were recently used on the GO!Durban stand at the Sustainable Living Expo.

The bikes were used at the Expo to demonstrate GO!Durban’s non-motorised transport network (NMT) which is being created for walking, cycling, running and small wheeled transport such as wheelchairs, skateboards and push chairs.

Sanelisiwe Tsinde

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