Tshwane, South Africa: Improving access to education with bicycles
This is a project case story within the framework of the TUMI Challenge 2018. The city of Tshwane has a strong focus on sustainability, as evidenced by its investments in public transport and non-motorised transport (NMT) to improve accessibility for all income groups in a low-carbon manner. The Shova Kalula bicycle programme is one such initiative, which provides free bicycles to students living in peripheral areas and, in turn, creates new social and economic opportunities in the form of bicycle maintenance and repair workshops. This partnership between municipal, provincial and national government has improved students’ access to education and reduced their commuting times, while creating a culture of cycling in the region.
This story provides an overview of the various measures taken in Tshwane, including the Shova Kalula national bicycle programme.