Yaopey Yong for Unsplash ‘The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.’ — John Howard, US cyclist
“I’ve always known a bicycle as a mode of transport. I started cycling at 3 years old, and then commuted from school at age of 7,” says Sindile Mavundla, the managing director and co-founder of Khaltsha Cycles, a “one-stop bike shop” with a physical outlet in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha, as well as an online shop. Mavundla, an ardent cyclist and proponent of cycling culture, also sits on the executive committee of Pedal Power Association, South Africa’s “largest recreational cycling association”.
Beyond selling bikes, Khaltsha Cycles, which takes its name from the colloquial term often used by Khayelitsha residents to refer to the township, also runs several programs to promote cycling in the township, as well as bicycle tours of Khayelitsha’s coffee shops, street murals, graffiti, community gardens, and the nearby Stellenbosch wine farms. Sindile Mavundla (Image by Danica Snyders) Sindile Mavundla (Image supplied) “I have been commuting to work for over 5 years – Khayelitsha to Cape Town and Pinelands. Through cycling I met so many people growing up, hence my friends call me the mayor because most people know me from childhood and my red bicycle,” Mavundla adds.
Besides the functional, the commute from point A to B, and the economic benefits of short-distance travel without the cost of fuel, cycling presents numerous well-documented – and continually researched – health and environmental benefits. A UN environmental report published in […]