Owning a bicycle is one thing. Riding it in a safe and responsible manner on the streets, is often another. As part of the Bike4All Project, PPA and BEN launched the COOL KID ON A BIKE programme. This exciting programme is aimed at school-going learners and has been presented at schools and cycling clubs around Cape Town, as well as at some Open Streets initiatives.
The COOL KID ON A BIKE programme teaches our budding young cyclists all about the basics about safe cycling, including topics like:
Know your bicycle… What should you check before you set off, and why?
Dress for safety… Why must you wear a helmet? And bright, visible clothes?
Cycling signals and riding tips
In this section, our cool programme looks at the “ABC’ check before you set off, and give safe cycling tips like riding in single file, how to control your bicycle and more.
In this section we look in more detail at the various hand signals, road signs and road markings that are applicable to cycling in South Africa in particular.
Do you perhaps know of a school that would love to have the COOL KID ON A BIKE programme presented to Grades 4, 5 or 6? Please let us know.
Owning a bicycle is one thing. Keeping it on the road is another.
A key mechanism in our distribution efforts are the BECs (Bicycling Empowerment Centers) which BEN has established. These centres are managed by community-based entrepreneurs who have been trained by BEN in small business management and bicycle mechanics.
As bicycle mechanics within the communities, they play a key role in ensuring the bikes are kept in a roadworthy condition.
The establishment of BECs promotes employment creation whilst providing BEN with a good distribution network to ensure communities have access to affordable bikes.
Bicycle mechanics courses range from one-day basic maintenance programmes, to comprehensive three-week long programmes covering most areas of bicycle repair. We try to ensure that all programmes and projects we undertake are supported by access to sustainable mechanical support.
Contact us for more information.