Through our Bike Buddies programme we are reaching out to newbie cyclists to build their confidence and cycling skills. By connecting them with experienced riders and reviewing safety tips and riding together, Bike Buddies aims to alleviate any fear or nervousness and get new cyclists pedaling safely and happily on the road.
BECOME A BIKE BUDDY
Bike Buddies is 100% volunteer run and is supported by an awesome network of experienced cyclists who are passionate about empowering more people to ride. If you love cycling and would like to share your knowledge of local short-cuts, safer routes and great rides, then we need you! As a Bike Buddy, you’ll be matched with newbie cyclists in your area and go cycling together! You’ll share tips and show them how to safely navigate the city streets. You will not be responsible for teaching complete beginners how to ride bikes or expected to repair their bike. You can cycle with your buddy as often as you like and you can also ride with more than one buddy at a time.
Currently we are running a pilot programme in Cape Town but we are also calling on cyclists across SA to join so that we can spread the Bike Buddy network. To qualify as a Bike Buddy you need to be 18 years or over and a competent on-road cyclist with good knowledge of your local area.
FIND A BIKE BUDDY
Are you a newbie cyclist or someone who wants to learn new routes and build confidence cycling on the road? Well you’re in the right place! Our Bike Buddies are here to help you ride properly and safely while showing you how fun it can be and alleviating nervousness. They will share with you how to ride in traffic and show you the best and safest routes from A-B as well as proper bike locking-up techniques.
Things you need before you ride with your Buddy:
- To join this programme you must already know how to ride a bike or have completed a local Learn to Cycle class.
- A fully functional bike. Aside from an occasional roadside puncture, our Bike Buddies can’t fix your bike.
- The right gear: A helmet, lights (for night riding) and a bike lock.
- Some cash/transit card if you want to take your bike on a bus or train.
The best thing is that this service is FREE! Bike Buddies is 100% volunteer-run because we simply want more people out riding. The more cyclists we see, the better the infrastructure will become and the healthier and cleaner our world will be. It’s a win-win for everyone. So, what are you waiting for?!