Cape Town, June 23, 2011
Engen, the sponsor of the Safe Cycling programme, officially launched the popular schools safety programme in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Devos Malan Primary School in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
The Safe Cycling programme – which was developed by the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy - has, since its inception in 2008, reached over 16 500 learners across Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape.
According to Engen Group Sponsorship Manager, Brad Bergh: ‘Safety on the road is an issue close to Engen’s heart and one we strongly support as a caring corporate citizen. We are very happy to be involved with this important youth programme and its expansion across the country as the safety of all our young ones is every parent’s number one priority.
“We are truly pleased to see that educational institutions share our vision and thank all for their passionate participation and facilitating the spread of the safety message.”
The Safe Cycling programme, which accommodates approximately 15-45 learners at a time, is run during the school day as part of the Department of Education's Life Orientation programme. The knowledge gained during this programme empowers participants to ride a bicycle safely on the road, perform basic maintenance on their bicycles and learn about basic road safety as a cyclist or as a pedestrian, while also introducing them to recreational and competitive cycling.