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Learning to Cycle with #TheRidingHood

I don't usually have guest bloggers, but I love biking, and who wouldn't want to read about a bunch of girls on bikes cruising around the awesome city of Cape Town.

And without further ado, here is Ashlin's story:

On Saturday past I spent my morning with a chic cycle gang exploring Cape Town’s streets on two wheels. And it was the best experience ever!

My neighbour, Kat Rixon, has been organizing the rides for the past year. The idea is to get newbie female cyclists out onto the streets, helping them to gain confidence, and maybe even start using a bicycle as a mode of transport around Cape Town’s CBD.

I haven’t been on a bicycle since I was a teenager (that’s a looong time ago!) so I was a little apprehensive. We met at Woodstock Cycle Works at 9:30am, and those of us who don’t own bicycles got paired with one. Then we were off.

We were a group of around 15 women, ranging from the more experienced to the not-so-experienced. We made a quick pit stop in the Company Gardens for a lesson on stopping, signalling and staying safe on the road. Then we made our way to De Waterkant for a coffee stop.

By the time we hit the road toward the Hope Street City Bowl Market, it was mid-morning and the roads were busier. But luckily by this time I was feeling more confident in the saddle. It also helps being in a group.

I highly recommend this experience to anyone thinking about getting a bicycle and using it for transport.

Dillon Kin

Dillon Kin is the founder of I Live Under a Rock. He writes about travel, life in Cape Town. Dillon is a foodie, coffee snob and photographer.

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