Improving mobility in the rural parts of the Western Cape
The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has appointed the Bicycle Mobility Consortium to distribute bicycles as part of its integrated and holistic Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP). The Consortium comprises three leading organisations in the cycling education, training and advocacy fields, namely the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN), the Pedal Power Association (PPA), and Qhubeka.
Between 50% and 72% of people in the Western Cape living outside the City of Cape Town rely on non-motorised transport (NMT), lifts, or public transport. The distribution of bicycles through the Consortium will help give effect to the PSTP’s objective of improving mobility and enhancing access to transport to rural parts of the province, especially people living in poor and marginalised communities.
DTPW’s evidence-based approach is described in the diagram below. It draws on lessons learned from the Department’s participation in the National Department of Transport’s Shova Kalula Bicycle Distribution Programme, as well as consultations with several other departments in the Western Cape Government.
We look forward to working together to using bicycles as a tool to connect people and services in the Western Cape.
Head of Communication
Department of Transport and Public Works