Second Cycle to Work- Day Celebrated

23 May. 2014
by Madleen Knauth
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On Friday, 9 May 2014, the second annual “Cycle to Work”- Day was celebrated with much success. Through this event, the Ministry of Works and Transport, the City of Windhoek municipality, and the Namibia Cycling Federation seek to raise awareness for non-motorised transport, trying to move Windhoek to a more sustainable, affordable, and equitable urban transport system in the future. 

Around 80 cyclists turned up and cycled  the trip within and around the city in good fashion.  With the contribution of the city’s Safe Cycling campaign, it was not only a statement for more non-motorized transport, but also a safety training opportunity for cyclists and car drivers. It highlighted the bicycle infrastructure in Windhoek, as well as created more visibility for cycling in general. With the help of City Police, the riders were safeguarded by three police cars ensuring a safe ride, as well as accompanied by members of the City Police’s Bicycle Squad.

The ride took the cyclists from the meeting point at Maerua Spar parking, down Independence Avenue, around the circle at Katutura, and return in Easterly Direction on Independence Avenue. The ride contiued onto the Western Bypass toward Van Eck Power Station on Hosea Kutako, along the Robert Mugabe Avenue and back to the start - a 21.5 km route all together. After the trip around the city, the participants had an informal get-together with coffee sponsored by Maerua Spar before heading off to work.

Cyclists from all over Windhoek participated in the event, among them teams from the Namibia Cycling Federation, and the German embassy. Moreover, other employers send teams to the ride, which was greatly appreciated.

The acceptance of non-motorised transport is of high importance for the future development of Windhoek and Namibia as a whole. Creating a sustainable urban transportation system constitutes a major task for the City of Windhoek municipality, therefore the “Cycle to Work”- Day is a milestone for non-motorized transport in Windhoek and helps to raise the profile of cycling in Namibia.

The event will be hosted again same time next year under the umbrella of MoveWindhoek, and supported by German Development Cooperation agency, GIZ.

For further information and updates on next year’s event check our website regularly: www.movewindhoek.com.na