Mpongo Cycling Club’s young riders. This year has been fruitful for Mpongo Cycling Club from Daveyton.
The club launched numerous initiatives aimed at promoting cycling in the township while also using their weekly morning rides to create awareness against issues affecting the community. Mpongo’s impact in Daveyton has grown leaps and bounds. They’ve launched annual community outreach programmes to foster a culture of self-reliance which they said it’s the foundation of any community that seeks growth.
Still in its infancy, it was formed coincidentally by individuals who couldn’t withstand the loneliness created by Covid19 regulations in 2020.
Safe cycling campaign At the core of their message, is making the roads safe for cyclists. That message is not only directed at motorists but at cyclists as well. “It’s one of our key priorities. We are engaging all people who are using bicycles on the road to wear bibs and helmets for visibility.
“We have done awareness campaigns at taxi ranks to encourage drivers to share the road with cyclists,” said chairperson Maswazi Mdluli.
This comes after several clashes with motorists in many of their morning rides. Despite clear visibility and adhering to the rules of the road, they were often wolf-whistled by motorists unwilling to share the road with them.
They’ve since partnered with the Pedal Power Association (PPA) on its stay wider of the rider initiative which advocates for a safe passing distance of 1.5m between vehicles and cyclists. PPA donated visibility bibs which were distributed to bicycle users in Crystal Park and Daveyton […]
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