Human Settlements and Trading Services Committee chairperson Mondli Mthembu (second from right) and Ward 20 Councilor Mandla Mbambo handed over six bicycles to the GO!Durban Academy and the Durban Green Corridor. (From left to right) Qiiniso Sithole, Mzwakhe Langa and Sakhile Langa from KwaDabeka received the bikes.
TIKZN economist Felleng Mahlatsi.
Over 100 children enrolled in the GO!Durban Cycle Academy gathered at eNanda Adventure Park and KwaDabeka Adventures over the past couple of weeks to paint their vision of what transport could look like in years to come.
This was one of a series of road safety awareness campaigns run by the eThekwini municipality during transport month.
EThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, believes that targeting the youth is particularly important when it comes to road safety and asked youngsters at the GO!Durban Cycle Academy to create artworks that depicted the future of transport in Durban.
Some of the works were selected for printing onto six 3m x 1m banners, which will be erected at the eThekwini Transport Authority offices.
This week, the children officially handed over the banners to Mondli Mthembu, chairperson of the Human Settlement and Trading Services Committee, at a small ceremony at the GO!Durban Cycle Academy at KwaDabeka Adventures.
The GO!Durban Cycle Academy, which was set up in February this year, is a public private partnership with the Kargo PRO Cycling Team supported by the Durban Green Corridor.
The GO!Durban Cycle Academy provides an environment for local cycling training and aims to bring young people together to meet, play and network with the sport of cycling as the common focus.
Riders, coaches, mentors and managers from the 2016 Kargo PRO Cycling Team designed and will implement the Academy’s development strategy and operational programme.
This will be used as the template for seven other sites around the city.
Speaking to the children at the handover on behalf of the mayor, Mthembu congratulated them on creating some “truly amazing and beautiful work that inspires and motivates us all to improve and create a better transport system to the benefit of all.”
Six bicycles were also handed over to the Academy.
These were recently used on the GO!Durban stand at the Sustainable Living 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.
“Developing this NMT network is an integral part of the sustainability of the future of transport for all people in the metropole. By rolling out a number of cycle academies at Durban Green Corridor sites as part of the greater picture of creating a culture of walking and cycling, we will not only be encouraging citizens to lead healthier, more active lifestyles but we will also help to reduce the need to use motorised transport,” Mthembu explained.