All I can say is wow, it is not very often that you get a chance to be part of something so magical and hopeful.
Cape Town’s inaugural Freedom Ride saw over 2000 people of all ages, across diverse cultural backgrounds come together to cycle 27km to honor Madiba and celebrate his legacy of freedom and unity.
The ride started in Rondebosch, passing through Athlone, Langa, Pinelands, Woodstock and ended in Thibault Square in the Foreshore. The route was carefully chosen to reflect how the bicycle can break down barriers and link communities historically kept separate. The first of its kind in Cape Town, the Freedom Ride was truly a memorable and exciting event that was enjoyed by all. Here are a few highlights of the day. Lots more pictures can be viewed in the Facebook Album.
Huge turn out at the start in Rondebosch. Jamie Litt was a superb sergeant major rallying over 2000 cyclists into riding groups (quite a task!).
The positive, friendly atmosphere at Freedom Ride was a true testament to the power of the bicycle to bring people together and bridge divides.
We loved to see so many families out enjoying the ride. These cool bicycles are from Up-Cycles rentals.
Conversations on the road – The Margaret’s House Argus team introduces us to their newest members who have just started training!
Surreal landscapes wherever you ride…
Riding through Athlone with the Rondies Bikes crew, talking urban change and bicycle cities (the seat of a bicycle is the best place to have these kinds of conversations from).
Pit stop at Ikhaya Le Langa – a huge shout out to all the marshals who helped out on the ride.
A Madiba moment in Langa.
Meeting to community of Langa – smiling faces and high 5s.
Going though Langa Station up and down a series of ramps had to be one of the craziest moments of the ride.
Entering the scenic city of Cape Town, mountains, mountains everywhere!
This is what rush hour should look like!