Venue: Nelson Mandela Bridge
The Freedom Ride is a cycle ride to celebrate the spirit and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Designed to link the communities of Johannesburg and Soweto, it will start and end at the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein and pass sites of historical significance, including Newclare Cemetery, where Walter and Albertina Sisulu are buried, and the Mandela home on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West.Backed by the City of Johannesburg, the Joburg Urban Cyclists Association, Critical Mass Johannesburg and the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN), the ride aims to bring people back into the city and raise awareness about bicycles as a form of transport and recreation.
Participants will gather at 07:30 on February 9th, 2014, and after a short opening ceremony, the ride will start at 8:00. The route follows planned cycle lanes in Brixton, then heads south west to Soweto and returns to Braamfontein along Klipspruit Valley Road and Albertina Sisulu Road through Mayfair and Fordsburg.
Total distance: 34.6 km
Approximate cycling time: three hours (for a shorter route participants can also catch a train from Orlando Station back to Braamfontein).
On submitting the registration form, please consider a donation to setting up a bicycle empowerment centre in Soweto.