City officials led by the MMC for Roads and Transport, Councillor Dikeledi Selowa, undertook a 5 km cycling course in the Pretoria CBD this past Friday, to demonstrate that cycling to work in and around the CBD is indeed possible and safe.
Continuing with the non-motorised transport (NMT)campaign, the city further launched the Salvokop Uprising Cycling Club in partnership with two youth groups that are focused on developmental projects for the betterment of their communities, the Cultural Hub and the Salvokop Youth Development Centre.
“The Salvokop Uprising Cycling Club is a first for the community and to support the club, the city donated 50 bicycles. These bicycles are part of a donate of 142 bicycles from the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport’s Shova Kalula Programme,” Tshwane Executive Mayor, Randall Williams said.
“Our focus on the NMT campaign resonates well with our recently approved Climate Action Plan. This plan aims to guide Tshwane to being net zero carbon and climate resilient by 2050, our transport emissions make up a fifth of the city’s emissions and, if we are to achieve our goal of being net zero by 2050, we must reduce our transport emissions by 13,5%,” Williams added.
He said that communities can assist them greatly in this regard by opting for cycling and taking walks in their neighbourhoods, the city is also developing NMT infrastructure along Solomon Mahlangu Road to enable the safe transit of commuters by foot and bike.
Furthermore, Williams thanked Freedom Park for hosting the event and the Danish Embassy for its support.
“I also warmly acknowledge the support of Dipalopalo Recycle Drive and the Friends of Salvokop Youth who supported the event in various ways,” he added.