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Freedom Ride 2014 Highlights

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.

A great turn out - over 2000 riders
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!).

Awesome peopleIMG_5489
The positive, friendly atmosphere at Freedom Ride was a true testament to the power of the bicycle to bring people together and bridge divides.

Up-Cycles bike share family friendly
We loved to see so many families out enjoying the ride. These cool bicycles are from Up-Cycles rentals.

Margaret's House Argus team
Conversations on the road – The Margaret’s House Argus team introduces us to their newest members who have just started training!

Stunning backdrop
Surreal landscapes wherever you ride…

Conversations with Rondies Bikes
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).

Cycle Thru at Ikhaya Le Langa
Pit stop at Ikhaya Le Langa – a huge shout out to all the marshals who helped out on the ride.

A Madiba moment
A Madiba moment in Langa.

High 5s in Langa
Meeting to community of Langa – smiling faces and high 5s.
Awesome communities

Craziest place to ride Langa Station
Going though Langa Station up and down a series of ramps had to be one of the craziest moments of the ride.
Langa Station gathering

Entering the scenic city of Cape Town, mountains, mountains everywhere!

This is what rush hour should look like!


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