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February

2016
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February

2016

Ethekwini forum prioritise safety plan for cyclists

The eThekwini Cycle Safe Forum was launched Wednesday, 10 February 2016, at Blue Lagoon where concerned stakeholders came together to develop a safety plan for cyclists.

The interim forum was jointly established by eThekwini Municipality and a number of Durban cycling clubs concerned about the safety of cyclists in the City. The forum hopes to address the current challenges facing cyclists in and around Durban and find solutions to effectively deal with these issues.

Some of the challenges raised by cyclists included the lack of awareness of motorists to be aware of cyclists on the road and to keep a safe distance and drunk drivers who endangered the lives of all road users including cyclists.

Head of International and Governance Relations for eThekwini Eric Apelgren said the forum will be made up of relevant stakeholders including organised cycle clubs from Durban and government stakeholders including the Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Inspectorate, to help make decisions and carry them forward.

The eThekwini Cycle Safe Forum also appealed to recreational cyclists to abide by the rules of the road and Municipal bylaws to ensure that safety is achieved for all.


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February

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GO!Durban Cycle Academy


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February

2016

GO!Durban Cycle Academy

In an unprecedented move to support the growing need for increased mobility, connectivity and dignity for all citizens in the metropole, the eThekwini Municipality, today (February 11), launched the GO!Durban Cycle Academy in a public-private partnership with the Kargo PRO Cycling Team with support from the City’s Durban Green Corridor.

The inaugural intake of young cyclists from the eNanda area, where the first site for the Academy at eNanda Adventure Park is being developed, were introduced as well as the 2016 Kargo PRO Cycling Team: its riders, coaches, mentors and managers who have designed and will implement the Academy’s development strategy and operational programme to be used as the template for 7 other sites around the city.

The GO!Durban Cycle Academy provides an environment for local cycling training which also aims to bring young people together to meet, play and engage with each other using the sport of cycling as the common focus, whether it be for recreational, commuting or sporting purposes.

The programme planned for Academy members will include requisite athletic training, but will also include important life skills-, mechanical- and technical training. The recruits will be required to sign a pledge to commit to the programme, adhere to a code of conduct, and will be expected to set a good example for their peers. Training will take place after school, and the young athletes will be required to complete their homework at the Academy site, as well as ensure their equipment and cycling kit is clean and maintained at all times.

For more information click here.