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hloni

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2 Wheels Pilot Project
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:52:13 PM »
So we've had a bit of a pow-wow at work, and would like to explore 2 wheels mobility for some of our students (20-30 year olds) who are on our learnership. Many of our students travel from Soweto/Alex/Orange Farm to Johannesburg daily, commute on public transport ranges from 60-90 minutes.

We thus would like to pilot a programme where we get them onto 2 wheels, and see what impact that has on their lifestyle - imagine that they will have the freedom to do more freelance gigs in further places and not be constrained by taxis "running out".

Looking at a few obstacles that need to be overcome before one jumps on the bike:
1. Licensing
2. Training
3. ATGATT
4. Financing the bike
5. Perceptions
6. Maintenance 101

As an organisation, we are willing to explore subsidising this venture, with the hope of helping the youngsters out.

It's amazing looking just yonder of the Lebombo as to how many people utilise 2 wheels as a mode of transport or even as a kick start to life. On the contrary, here in South Africa, 4 wheels are aspirational and many find themselves stuck in unreliable public transport mode of transport for many years as they can't afford the Tazz or Vivo, whilst they could possibly jump onto 2 wheels, spend less resources on the commute, and save up for the compact family hatch.

Now...where would you suggest one look for bikes? I'm thinking >250cc,  scooters/delivery style bikes (those thumpers are bullet proof).

Would love to hear your thoughts and/or ideas on this highly possible project 😉


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Re: 2 Wheels Pilot Project
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 03:27:35 PM »
Saw a clip on the Bike Show where "Fire it up" is doing a Sym promo below cost including licence and gear, with the idea of atracting new and hopefully life long bikers.
Sounds noble and worth supporting.

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Re: 2 Wheels Pilot Project
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2018, 12:06:03 PM »
Check out this NGO. They have a JHB branch and might be able to help you out.

https://www.facebook.com/scullyscootersnational/?ref=br_rs
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Re: 2 Wheels Pilot Project
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2018, 02:01:41 PM »
Personally I'd recommend a scooter because the automatic transmission makes it so much easier to learn how to ride and keeps training needed to a minimum. As far as reliability goes scooters and delivery style bikes have similar reliability and they're both rock solid.

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Re: 2 Wheels Pilot Project
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2018, 09:38:39 PM »
Will try track their website down - fb not give a full picture of what they actually do.
Personally I'd recommend a scooter because the automatic transmission makes it so much easier to learn how to ride and keeps training needed to a minimum. As far as reliability goes scooters and delivery style bikes have similar reliability and they're both rock solid.