EThekwini Launches GO!Durban Cycle Academy in partnership with Kargo PRO Cycling Team 

For immediate Release

12 February 2016

EThekwini Municipality, in partnership with the Kargo PRO Cycling Team and the City’s Durban Green Corridor, yesterday 11 February 2016, launched the GO!Durban Cycle Academy.

The GO!Durban Cycle Academy aims to provide an environment for local cycling training by bringing young people together to meet, play and engage with each other around the sport of cycling whether recreationally or for sporting.

The first site for the Academy is being developed at the Inanda Adventure Park. At the launch a group of young cyclists joining the academy from the Inanda area as well as the 2016 Kargo PRO Cycling Team including its riders, coaches, mentors and managers were introduced. 

The programme planned for Academy members will include requisite athletic training while other skills are taught including mechanical and technical training. The recruits will be required to sign a pledge to commit to the programme, to adhere to a code of conduct and will be expected to set a good example for their peers. 

Training will take place after school with the young athletes required to complete their homework at the Academy site. They will also have to ensure their equipment and cycling kit is clean and maintained at all times. 

The Durban Green Corridor has identified locations that have potential as further Academy sites. Seven have been confirmed and include KwaMashu, KwaDabeka, Cornubia, South Beach, Glenwood, Umlazi and Amanzimtoti.

In partnering with the Durban Green Corridor, GO!Durban is able to reach local communities throughout eThekwini in a practical and sustainable way to promote recreational and commuter cycling for a healthy lifestyle and to reduce the transport related carbon footprint of the City.

The Durban Green Corridor is mandated to develop outdoor adventure sports and related tourism through natural open spaces in order to promote local economic development and job creation in neighbouring communities. As such it was natural for them to develop cycle parks to support the development programme of the Academy as well as provide safe spaces for residents to learn how to ride.

The GO!Durban Cycle Academy is the foundation of a robust cycling culture in eThekwini as the City forges ahead with its planned GO!Durban Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network. Intrinsically linked to this is the provision of walkways, pedestrian bridges and cycling lanes to provide access to public transport but also serve as an alternate form of transport.

In 2014 the Municipality launched the Non-Motorised Transport Network Plan and the City’s engineers have an extensive plan to create cycle lanes and walkways throughout the urban and peri-urban sectors of the City as part of the overall public transport plan.

Speaker Logie Naidoo said the City is affording residents with the space and opportunity to learn to cycle and take up the sport. “We are linking our young ones with a professional cycling team so that they are able to cross the historical barriers of the past and have access to a world and environment that would ordinarily have been inaccessible,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo urged the INanda community to get involved and not to watch from the sidelines. “Look at this as an opportunity to develop a vibrant economic and socially satisfying node. At the same time, we encourage other communities where sites are planned to think how they can also get involved,” he said.

He called on the private sector to “seize the opportunity and get on board to be part of a phenomenal social legacy”.

“This could be a potentially lucrative economic springboard for entrepreneurs as well as new markets for formal business that will benefit in the long term from a developed culture of cycling in the city,” Naidoo added.

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Issued by the Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa. 

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za​ or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email: princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za