Meet our core team of activists, mobility specialists, urban designers, editorial contributors and community volunteers who are working to transform Cape Town into a truly bicycle-friendly city.
Leonie Mervis (founder, director & online editor)
Leonie is the creator and director of Bicycle Cape Town. A designer, film maker & eco architect Leonie is passionate about sustainability and green living. After completing her architectural studies BArch Adv. she embarked on an exciting journey into the world of activism; founding Wildfire Creative, a creative studio working to ignite social change. Her work ranges from documentary films to social campaigns and sustainable design projects. When she is not busy advocating for bicycle cities or blogging on bicycle culture, you will find her crusing around the city on her commuter bike.
VOLUNTEERS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Andrew Wheeldon (mobility & advocacy partner)
Andrew graduated from the University of Leicester, UK, with an MSc in Sports Management. In 2002 he founded the Bicycling Empowerment Network, serving as the Managing Director until 2014. During this time, BEN distributed over 13000 bicycles, trained individuals in bike skills, and facilitated the planning and implementation of bike lanes in SA. Andrew is currently establishing Bicycle Cities , a consultancy which focuses on researching and implementing the necessary steps to achieve increased levels of cycling in urban environments. Andrew has presented on low cost mobility both in South Africa and abroad, including at Velo City Conferences in Dublin, Munich, Brussels and Copenhagen; and in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, India, Kenya, Tanzania and Senegal. Andrew has been a commuter, social and competitive racing cyclist since 1980 and encourages all those he meets to ride bikes.
Follow Andrew @andrewmwheeldon
David Malan (Cycle Forum member, photographic contributor & ride leader)
Photographer, designer and passionate cycling enthusiast. David is a qualified Industrial/ Product Designer who has worked as a Creative Group head and board member at Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town (1991-2002) and Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi Cape Town (2002-2008). Since 2008- present, David has worked as photographer and image contributor to Gallo & Getty images. www.photomalan.com
David heads up our local Cycle Forum and Task Team advocacy group and is actively involved in campaigning for better cycle infrastructure in the city.
Bridgett is an entrepreneur, activist and lifelong learner believing strongly that connections between the right people spark magic and greatness. Her latest collaboration is called her son Jack. Before that she worked extensively across Africa and loves now how it’s no longer considered the dark continent. Closer to home, she believes the humble bicycle can be a path out of poverty by affording freedom to move and seek opportunity.
The colour of her favorite bicycle is red just like her first BMX way back when.
Tegan is a freelance cartoonist and lover of all things bicycle. She has two bicycles (Axel, a hefty touring bike, and Oscar, a sleek and handsome road bike) and with their help she keeps a cartoon adventure blog, filled with everything that pops into her head when she is trying not to think about going uphill. She is passionate about green things, progressive education, lateral thinking and ice cream. Her daily inspiration comes from Robert Bloch’s words: “Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.”
Follow Tegan @unclippd or unclippedadventure.com
Read Tegan’s articles here >
Kirsten Wilkins (contributor, activist & urban designer)
Kirsten is a freelance Urban Designer living in Cape Town. She is a passionate about translating urban design theory into usable tools for improving authentic city living and is researching the parameters of Open Source Urban Design in the context of the African City. Kirsten is an advocate for social justice and believes that appropriate urban design response is birthed from empathy. After years of saying all the right things about NMT and livable cities, she decided to get on a bicycle and actually understand this intoxicating thing called cycling.
Jamie Litt (contributor & ride leader)
Jamie owns and runs Ubuntu Bikes, a Cape Town based social enterprise which creates custom bicycles from vintage and retro bikes and employs local artists to create custom artworks on bikes. He is a regular cycling commuter and rides track and road races in his spare time.
Joleen Broadfield (ride leader)
Curious outdoorsy, Joleen believes in Mandela’s words “there is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”. After growing within the tourism sector and promoting South Africa abroad, she switched her focus to local social and environmental projects. Enthusiast cyclist, she really only started to know Cape Town’s landscapes and diverse communities once on her bicycle. Since, she’s always up for a spin!
Contact Joleen at email@example.com
Past interns, volunteers and contributors
Charl Neethling | Read Charl’s articles here >
Noelle Oosthuizen | Read Noelle’s articles here >
Mitchel Loring | Read Mitch’s articles here >
Marcela Guerrero Casas