Calling all Johannesburg cyclists! Ride the 2015 Freedom Ride, make a donation to Qhubeka and help give someone the freedom of mobility that a bicycle brings.
The Freedom Ride is a social cycle ride celebrating the spirit and legacy of Nelson Mandela, taking place on the Sunday following Human Rights Day. Although the ride is free, donations are encouraged. This year, the Freedom Ride in Johannesburg will take a new route from Sandton to Alexandra, and donations will go towards providing Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles in Soweto at the Orlando High School where the Bicycle Empowerment Centre has been set up, as well as to people in Alexandra.
With a bicycle, people are able to get to and from school or work up to three times faster and carry up to five times more. Mobility brings freedom.
What is the Freedom Ride?
Supported by the City of Johannesburg, the Joburg Urban Cyclists Association, Qhubeka, Linkd Environmental Services, and the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, the Freedom Ride aims to bring people back into the city and raise awareness about bicycles as a form of transport and recreation.
Through the 2014 Freedom Rides, the first Bicycle Empowerment Centre in Orlando was set up and the 2015 event will form the culmination of Cycle Jozi Week, aimed at encouraging Johannesburg residents to make use of cycle transport and the cycle lanes currently being built around the city. The week will include cycling events in Orlando, Diepsloot, Braamfontein and Sandton CBD, a two-day seminar on creating best practice cycling infrastructure and a national conference on creating cycling friendly cities.
Riders will gather at 07:00 on Sunday 22 March 2015 outside the Gautrain Station along Rivonia Road, Sandton, and after a short opening ceremony, the ride will start at 07h30. View the route map on the Freedom Ride website.
There is no charge to ride, but riders are asked to consider making a donation to support Qhubeka’s work providing bicycles to disadvantaged communities.
Riders must be registered and a helmet is compulsory.
Total distance: 27km
Approximate cycling time: 3 hours