1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
The Tshwane Urban Riders (an NPO registered local cycling club based in Mamelodi, Pretoria East) was founded in 2011. The purpose behind the clubs foundation was mostly around social cohesion and recreation as cycling brings different people from different backgrounds, races, cultures and religion together. Based on the interest generated by the club in the Mamelodi community the club decided to start a cycling development programme that is targeted at young cyclists between the ages 10 to 18 years of age during 2013.
In accordance with the Club’s slogan, Fak”uMoya… (A township slang) translated to “being an influence “to the community, the club is striving to inculcate a positive attitude and culture in the Mamelodi community with particularly focus on the youth. What we are doing is more important than what we claim we do. So we ensure we set the right examples for the youth in our community and those that join our cycling group.
We currently have 30 registered adult members and 35 young riders. Some of the races we have participated in include, the Momentum 94.7 cycle challenge, Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day 67km race, Momentum dualx , Freedom Rides , Nissan Trailseekers and Cape Argus.
Furthermore we have hosted township rides in Mamelodi to raise awareness on social issues like drugs, HIV / AIDS, Crime etc. On 22 July 2014 (Nelson Mandela Day / Birthday) we painted three Grade 1 classrooms at Boikgantso Primary school in Mamelodi and also donated school uniforms to the school that were donated by club members.
Our club is not a commercial entity, but a social entity whose objective is to confront the socio –economic challenges of our community in Mamelodi through cycling; therefore any support in kind will be beneficial to the club.
2. Vision and Mission Statement
To become the Cycling hub of South Africa
To use cycling as a platform to address our countries socio –economic challenges by implementing sustainable cycling development programmes and events.
3. Values of the Club
• Responsibility and accountability
4. Aims and Objectives
• To develop and promote cycling as a sport
• To promote a healthy and quality lifestyle through cycling.
• To promote socio economic development
• To use cycling as an alternative mode of transport.
• To promote social cohesion
• Develop young aspiring cyclists
• To bring the community together through mass participation