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A cargo bike future for Cape Town?

I am looking forward to being on a panel deliberating on the possibility of growing a cargo bike culture in Cape Town, South Africa.

The panel is part of a day long event called #cocreateMYCITY 2019.  The organisers say:

“The initiative will bring together South African and Dutch stakeholders to discuss ways to co-create economically, environmentally and socially Resilient Cities, focusing on sustainable and innovative solutions to urban challenges.

In my presentation, I will show some pictures from when cargo bike cultures were more prolific across South Africa. Such as these below.

The practices depicted as above have not entirely disappeared in Cape Town and other South African cities. See recent photographs below which show actual practice and aspiration.

Drawing on historical and contemporary experiences, I am optimistic that it can again become more commonplace to use bikes to ferry goods, people (lots), run enterprises and so on in Cape Town – as it once was.




By Njogu Morgan

I am currently a post-doctoral researcher based at the History Workshop in the University of the Witwatersrand.

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