"Windhoek on Bike" Event 2014 Celebrated

13 Aug. 2014
by Madleen Knauth

Windhoek was on Bike on Saturday, August 2nd 2014 raising awareness for bicycle safety and promoting cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation.

The “Windhoek on Bike” event had been organised by Physically Active Youth (P.A.Y.) in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and ChiNamibia in order to show Katutura and Windhoek in general the advantages of using a bicycle.

The event started at the P.A.Y. Centre in Katutura at 7 am and concluded at the Katutura Expo. Around 150 cyclists took a ride around Katutura passing, among other important landmarks, the Soweto Market. The ride entailed two breaks to give the participants a chance to catch their breath and have some water while being entertained by the dance team of ChiNamibia and short theatre performances, trying to change the common perception of cycling as a sport towards an understanding of a bike as an alternative to motorised transport.

The acceptance of non-motorised transportation 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 annual event “Windhoek on Bike” is a milestone for raising awareness to this in Windhoek and helps to raise the profile of cycling in Namibia.

In preparation of the event, P.A.Y. had been offering and conducting bicycle trainings for the youth and middle-aged women in order to increase their mobility and provide a sustainable transport solution. These trainings are now proceeding. GIZ funded 50 bikes for this training program and the official hand-over ceremony was conducted at the end of the “Windhoek on Bike” event. Annegret Al-Janabi, Counsellor for Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Windhoek spoke about the advantages of cycling, such as positive health implications, cost-effectiveness, and easy learning and maintenance while handing over the bikes to Councillor Ambrosius Kandjii of the Katutura Central Constituency for P.A.Y. Moreover “Windhoek on Bike” also commemorated the finalisation of the first round of bicycle trainings honouring ten proud participants with certificates as a reminder of their contribution and successful completion of the course.

The 2014 event was only the inaugural step to the annual “Windhoek on Bike”. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and check for updates on www.movewindhoek.com.na, we will keep you in the loop about the upcoming 2015 event.