Mason’s Bike Inn verskaf nou veilige fietsparkering in die middedorp

Uiteindelik het daar gemoedsrus gekom vir fietsryers wat bang is hulle ysterperde word in die middedorp gesteel.
Juan Mason, eienaar van Mason’s Bike Inn in Beyerstraat, sê lank reeds: “Dit help nie julle bou fietspaaie as die mense nie hul fietse veilig kan toesluit nie.”
En nou het hy self met ‘n plan vorendag gekom: Hy gaan ‘n deel van sy perseel beskikbaar stel vir fietsparkering teen R10 per dag, op weeksdae van 0830 tot 1730.
“Fietsdiefstalle in die Stellenbosch, maar veral in die middedorp, het baie erg toegeneem die afgelope tyd, sodat mense nie met hul fietse dorp toe wil ry nie, en ons wil juis hê meer mense moet fietsry dorp toe”, volgens raadsheer Dawid Botha.
Met hierdie nuwe plan kan mense nou met gemoedsrus werk toe ry of kom inkopies doen in die middedorp en selfs ‘n paar ure gaan fliek sonder die vrees om terug te kom na ‘n halfgesteelde fiets of ‘n leë paal waar hul fiets vasgesluit was, sê Botha.
Die nuwe inisiatief van Juan Mason, wat ook ‘n duidelike kenteken vir sy fietsparkeerplek laat ontwerp het,  word heelhartig gesteun deur Stellenbosch Fietsry, die maatskappy sonder winsbejag wat fietsry in die hele munisipale gebied bevorder en ontwikkel.

Fietsportret:  Andrew Moses (tuinier, 55)

 

  1. Hoe lank ry jy al met jou fiets werk toe?

Ek ry al 18 jaar lank fiets werk toe, winter en somer, eintlik orals, nie net werk toe nie. Ek is nog nooit omgery en het nog nooit geval nie.

  1. Hoe het dit jou lewe verander?

Dis net ‘n plesier om te ry, fiets ry hou my fiks en ek betaal nie petrol of taxigeld nie.  As jy jou fiets oppas, hoef jy omtrent net  jou bande te vervang van tyd tot tyd.

  1. Waarheen is jy oppad en hoe ver ry jy elke dag?

Ek ry van Garden City in Idasvallei na Academia by die Universiteit waar ek werk, so 16 km heen en weer per dag.

  1. Vertel ons meer van jou fiets

Dis ‘n gewone bergfiets, hou homself in stand.

  1. Het jy raad vir mede-fietsryers wat werk toe ry?

Ry eerder fiets as taxi, want jy het geen verkeersprobleme nie. Ry stiller paaie waar daar minder motors is. Moet nie jaag nie, ry rustig

  1. Watter infrastruktuur-veranderinge sal jy graag wil sien in Stellenbosch? Hoe kan ons ons dorp meer fietsry-vriendelik maak?

Daar is te veel motors in die dorp. Wat my opval, is dat die oorsese studente  lief is vir fiets ry en Stellenbossers kan leer by hulle. Taxis wat voor fietsryers injaag en nie wag by kruisings nie, pla my. Fietsbane moet duideliker gemerk word.

 

Cycling is getting a better deal in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Cycling promotes all forms of cycling in the greater Stellenbosch municipal area among all cultural groups.

The most important event of the year was the official registration of Stellenbosch Cycling NPC on 12 August 2015. It was no easy task, but we are on our way. We have a constitution, four active directors and we have held our inaugural meeting. We even have a bank account. Our activities are promoted on Facebook, Twitter and our blog.

What were the other highlights?

The concept for the Eerste River cycling map is completed after it was initiated at our first Bosfietsberaaad in December 2014. It was ready for discussion at Spier during this year’s Bosfietsberaad on 5 December.

We organised the town’s first-ever Bike to Work week from 12 to 16 October to coincide with National Transport month and quite a number of cyclists left their cars at home and cycled to work. We even had our own t-shirts printed for the occasion – future collectors’ items!

We organised several River fun rides in various directions and we would like to organise more of these rides to new destinations, such as the Platroete (flat route).

The fact that we held a successful second Bosfietsberaad, where we gave feedback about progress made, is already an achievement.

On Heritage Day, 24 September, we organised a Heritage ride from The Avenue to Jonkershoek and back as well as a farm fun ride for children at Spier.

We facilitated discussions among the various mountain bike stakeholder groups in order to secure better access to farms and nature areas.

We could also donate several bicycles to Rietenbosch Primary School and Prochorus for their cycling programmes for learners.

Arrangements were made to donate children’s bicycles to crèches in Vlottenburg, Raithby and Mooiberge.

The visit of Carlton Reid, well-known British columnist and author of Roads were not built for cars on the eve of Bike to Work week, and his talk at Ride In in Jonkershoek on 11 October was well attended. His comments and pictures about Stellenbosch on social media, especially his positive views about the new Merriman traffic circle and bike lane, gave us international exposure. It was also an honour for us to lend a bicycle to Carlton to enable him to explore, together with some of the directors and our supporters, some of the most scenic routes and trails in and around Stellenbosch.

Throughout the year we had regular contact with municipal councillors and officials and some of the directors could also attend the Municipal Transport Forum, we could give valuable inputs and share information about our activities.

As we go into the new year, we now have our own logo for t-shirts, stickers, business cards and letterheads. We want to thank our anonymous donor who approached a well-known local designer to assist us. Our Akkerdoppie has become a well-known logo in a very short time! We want to express our thanks to each and every one that contributed to the second Bosfietsberaad and supported us in various ways.

We have been active for only a short while, but believe that we will make even more progress in the year to come.

Thanks to everyone who has assisted us in making Stellenbosch a more cycle-friendly town.

Stellenbosch bike indaba

It is time again for our annual Bosfietsberaad.  Don’t miss out om this one! Subscribe now.

In addition to discussing various topical issues and share ideas on how to make our lovely town more bike-friendly, there will be ample time for fun rides to venues where we can socialise and make new cycling friends.

There may be a few changes to the programme, but please complete the entry form on: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pHV-zhQ2gpXBSRR9IslYEJsC5CHj8UpsuFnJWeFtMRY/viewform

Total cost is R150 per person, no matter how many functions you attend, and this includes the annual fee to be  Supporter of Stellenbosch Cycling, as well as a sticker with our Akkerdoppie logo.

Programme

Friday evening 4 December, 17:00.  Cycling in Stellenbosch, a  panel discussion at  Erfurthuis in Ryneveld Street (Opposite Sasol Museum of the University).

Wine and refreshments  17:00 – 17:30, followed by the panel discussion until 20:00.

The panel discussion will focus on feedback about progress in cycling plans and facilities made since last year’s inaugural Bosfietsberaad. Panel members: E J Wentzel (Stellenbosch Municipality), Barbara Pool (University of Stellenbosch), Richard de Villiers (MTN Land Access progress) and Giliomee Matthee (who will review the Cycling Master Plan). Discussion leader: Dawid Botha (Stellenbosch Cycling).

Saturday morning 5 December, 09:00 – 12:00, Ride to Spier.

We depart from Erfurthuis at 09:00. At Spier our new Eerste River Routes maps will be launched by Limbik.  Enjoy lunch afterwards at the new Spier Werf Market.

Saturday afternoon 5 December, 17:00 – 19:00, Platroete Ride around Stellenbosch

We ride the Platroete, circling the town anti-clockwise, again departing from Erfurthuis at 17:00.

Saturday evening 5 December, 19:30 – 21:30. Discussion on international projects and their successes and dinner, Blue Crane & Butterfly, 146a  Dorp Street

The panel discussion will focus on international projects and their successes (panel members include Andrew Wheeldon) in Stellenbosch and trends elsewhere. Discussion leader: Carinus Lemmer (Stellenbosch Cycling). The annual report of Stellenbosch Fietsry/Cycling NPC will be distributed to all attendees beforehand. Afterwards, dinner until late at the Blue Crane & Butterfly.

Sunday morning 6 December, 09:00 to 12:00. Ride to Kayamandi and BMX Display

Departing from Erfurthuis in Ryneveld Street,  we ride to Kayamandi  along the Plankenbrug River for a BMX display at the club house.

Those who want to go on and explore one of Meurant Botha’s new trails, can join him and other Bostrappers, details to be announced.

 

Fietsportret: Ivann Kirsten (tandarts)

  1. Hoe lank ry jy al met jou fiets werk of winkels toe?

Ek ry nou sedert Desember 2014 permanent praktyk, koffie en ontbyt toe met die fiets. Die enigste uitsonderings is dae wanneer die weer donker, nat of sommer net “oneerlik” is.

  1. Hoe het dit jou lewe verander?

In die oggend slinger ek af dorp toe en die wind waai my kop en glimlag oop. In die middag brand ek dit volspoed huis toe en maak asof ek baie fiks is…”fake it until you make it”.

  1. Waarheen is jy oppad en hoe ver ry jy elke dag?

Ek pendel orals heen as ek nie iemand vervoer of met inkopies hoef terug te keer nie……so vier tot agt kilometer per dag (as ek nou nie doelbewus gaan oefen nie).

  1. Vertel ons meer van jou fiets

Die verhouding tussen ‘n man en sy fiets is diep en belangrik en oor sulke goed praat mens nie uit nie.

  1. Het jy raad vir mede-fietsryers wat werk toe ry?

Begin môre-oggend.

  1. Watter infrastruktuur-veranderinge sal jy graag wil sien in Stellenbosch? Hoe kan ons ons dorp meer fietsry-vriendelik maak?

Ware fietsers wil vinnig ry en is so jaloers op hul momentum soos groot trokke…..as ek spoed verloor,  moet ek weer hard werk om in te haal.  As fietsbane beplan word,  onthou ons ry vining en ‘n fiets kan ‘n voetganger baie ernstig beseer. Die bane moet nie gedeel word met mense wat loop of draf nie. My voorstel is ‘n deur randsteen afgebakende padskouer, duidelik gemerk vir fiets-gebruik en asseblief onthou tog nat verf gly! Laastens kort ons ‘n parkeer- of stoorstelsel vir fietse so duur soos motors en so kosbaar soos prinsesse, al betaal ons baie daarvoor.

Ride In staff show their support for Bike to Work

Ride In in Jonkershoek made sure their staff showed visitors that there is more to cycling than only mountain biking in the beautiful valley, by wearing their Bike to Work t-shirts to work on Friday. Thanks Gavin and team, also for allowing Carlton Reid to give a talk on Sunday at your place that kicked off  the town’s first-ever  #biketowork week. From left to right, Sandra Louw, Portia Fosakhe, SiBongile Gama, Lilian McKelly and Sibusiso Mzizi.

Akkerdoppie (dis mos ons logo) se top wenke wanneer jy fiets ry werk toe

  • Kry mekaar by jul gunsteling-koffiekroeg vir koffie of ontbyt voor werk, of nog beter, ry saam werk toe.
  • Laat jou fiets gratis nasien by deelnemende fietswinkels, soos Masons
  • Deel wenke oor veilige roetes werk toe, vermy besige kruisings indien moontlik, leer sodoende sommer jou dorp ken deur systrate te gebruik
  • Vra jou werkplek om veilige parkering en selfs stortgeriewe te verskaf
  • Bespaar petrol en parkeergeld, wat meer soek ‘n pendelaar
  • Maak oogkontak met motorbestuurders en maak seker hy/sy sien jou
  • Kyk oor jou skouer, en voor jou, jy  wil nie in ‘n leivoor beland nie
  • Gee die regte padtekens betyds
  • Beste van alles, jy verloor gewig, en kom gesond en gelukkig by die werk aan, veel minder gespanne en in ‘n goeie bui
  • En ontmoet nog fiets-bostrappers Vrydagmiddag die 16de by ons rally van 1400 tot 1800, sien ons program