Cycle cape point formed in 2015 with a goal to sustainably mobilise tourists and locals of South Africa's cape peninsula, with a view to expand into the rest of Africa. Early iterations included building motorised and electric bikes to help with the vast distances, steep hills and extreme winds in the area. Although popular, setup costs, maintenance and recovery proved the vehicles non-viable for business. The first picture shows one of our early machines near Cape point.
Currently, we are finding giant escape bicycles and kymco scooters to be efficient, reliable and user friendly. Our self-sufficient growth model is to mobilise as many tourists as possible with rentals and tours; ending each season by distributing bikes to locals.
Here is why bicycles and scooters make sense in Africa:
The African population is presently estimated at 1.2 billion people, of which at least 40% live in absolute poverty. Much of this poverty has been directly caused by western world exploitation of the land and people for capital gain. Issues of land reform, decolonised education, food forests, cultural diversity, health care and opportunity access are complex. Mobility is easy and the fastest way to self empowerment.
While we are building with the African continent in mind, our seedling mobility enterprise is growing at the cape penninsula of South Africa, Here, we are blessed with some of the world's cleanest air, breath-taking views, wildest animals, coolest people and tastiest food. It is becoming a tourist mecca and we want our tourists to experience the locals, land and animals from a front row seat of a bicycle or scooter, to take the best photos and minimise noise, air and space footprints.
Two mobile application projects are underway to support a network expansion.
We welcome help. If you are interested to become involved with ideas, time, money, skills etc, please get in touch via the contact page.
The gallery below show some of the first beneficiaries of this model.