Kevin Gannon

Main rd., Woordstock, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

2011 / 01 / 06 19:55

'I'm on my way back from work. I cycle to and from work every day, I have been for the last year - here in Cape Town. I'm here on contract for two or three years and when I came, since that is the way I got around at home in the US, I decided I would bicycle here, although people thought that it was dangerous and not very commuting friendly - but I haven't really had any problems. This bike I had delivered here, I bought this new. Since then I brought my other bike as well. I cycle from Observatory to, essentially, parliament - in town. I'm an architect and I work for an international NGO, we are doing projects all over Africa, but we are headquartered in Cape Town. So when I'm not riding my bike I'm usually on a plane somewhere around the continent. We work on community centers that are connected to social change through sport, though there is an integrated component with health and education with football. I love riding to work, and if I couldn't I'd get really frustrated and stressed. I lived in New York City and that was 20 years ago with cycling being my mode of transportation there. Everybody said it was dangerous to cycle in Cape Town and I said well, “can it be any worse than New York City 20 years ago?” I found it hasn't been. I have more fun riding in urban traffic than I do on a long tour through the countryside, it’s just interactive - it is like a game sometimes. The taxi's and the busses, it’s a game - on main road for sure. Even though a month ago I busted my collarbone on the other end of main road. I slammed on the brakes and went over the handle bars. So now I've got a 10 centimeter strip of metal and 10 screws in my collarbone. But it’s fine, sort of.'

Nic Grobler

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