On Sunday, 9 February, cyclists of Johannesburg will take to the roads for The Freedom Ride – a tribute to Nelson Mandela’s efforts to eradicate apartheid and build national unity. Participants on the ride will aim to give back something to the community by raising funds and making a contribution to building a network of bicycle empowerment centres in Johannesburg and Gauteng.
The route is approximately 35km, stretching from Johannesburg’s CBD to Soweto. The Freedom Ride will follow the Corridors of Freedom
that have been launched by the City of Joburg as a network of urban transport and development corridors with the aim of profiling and inaugurating some of these dedicated cycle lanes.
The Freedom Ride is open to everyone and is free, although participants will need to register to ride , and are requested to raise sponsorship for their ride or make a contribution towards the Bicycle Empowerment Network.
Date: Sunday, 9 February 2014
Start: 8am from Jorissen Street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Cyclists should arrive no later than 7.30am.
The organisers are asking participants in The Freedom Ride to make a contribution or raise sponsorship towards setting up bicycle empowerment centres in Gauteng. The Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) distributes bicycles in low-income areas, trains recipients of the bicycles in safety and maintenance, helps set up small and medium-sized enterprises that maintain and service bicycles (known as Bicycle
Empowerment Centres) and encourages cities to implement bicycle planning and infrastructure. Visit the BEN website (www.benbikes.org.za/donations.php) to make your contribution, and use the reference “FreedomRide” together with your name.