Windhoek On Bike Promoted in Katutura

The city-wide event Windhoek on Bike was held on the 2nd of August in Katutura, Windhoek to promote the use of bicycles as a cost-effective means of transport in the city.

Physically Active Youth (P.A.Y) in cooperation with the German Government through the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuumlr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and ChiNamibia organised this event to raise awareness around two key issues about cycling in Windhoek: traffic safety and the use of bicycles to improve mobility and reduce poverty.

The event supported the implementation of the Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan (SUTMP), which was released in September 2013 by the Ministry of Works and Transport together with the City of Windhoek and the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development.

According to a press release issued by the German Embassy in Windhoek, about 150 cyclists started the fun ride at 07h30 on Saturday through Katutura along a set route, passing Soweto market and raising major attention among the population of Katutura.

Numerous supporters from the public were awaiting them at the Independence Arena at Katutura’s Multi-Purpose Youth Centre, where the use of bicycles was promoted through dance performances and theatre plays.

In preparation for the fun ride, Physically Active Youth had offered bike training to members of the public who are less aantaged when it comes to mobility. During the weekly training sessions, participants were taught how to ride a bike safely and how to maintain it.

On behalf of the German Government, GIZ has been supporting Physically Active Youth in organisation bike training courses. As part of the concluding ceremony of the event, Annegret Al-Janabi, Counsellor for Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Windhoek, handed over 50 bikes to Councillor Ambrosius Kandjii of the Katutura Central Constituency for P.A.Y. to use in further bike training courses.

When handing over the bikes Al-Janabi emphasised that bike riding is a reasonable means of transport as it brings you directly from A to B, is cost-effective, easy to learn and to maintain. In addition cyclists benefit from improving their physical fitness and contribute to a healthy environment.

Councillor Kandjii promised to work with the City of Windhoek to make the city safer for cyclists.

Source : The Namibian

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