The Department of Transport has developed a bicycle implementation strategy
to advance the aspirations of the citizens to actively participate in social and
economic life. It is anticipated that the promotion and provision of bicycle
transport services would facilitate mobility for shorter distances at an
affordable cost and would decrease the travel time. Furthermore, the
provision of appropriate bicycle infrastructure and ongoing maintenance of the
bicycles and bicycle tracks play a critical role in safeguarding the lives of the
users. It is also important that complementary measures are implemented as
outlined in the roll-out plan to ensure that the project is sustainable.
Statistics issued by Statistics SA as well as the findings of the National
Household Travel Survey have confirmed that the rural poor have little or no
access to public transport. This situation tends to perpetuate the level of
isolation from the economic mainstream and as a result exacerbates the
extent of poverty and underdevelopment.
In 2001, The Department introduced Shova Kalula as a pilot project with the
aim of improving rural accessibility to education resource centres. In October
2005, the Minister of Transport undertook to accelerate the provision of
bicycles by delivering 1 million bicycles by 2010. To give effect to this goal, the
Strategic Plan 2007 – 2010 outlined the delivery targets set for the
Department to roll out 60,000 bicycles during the 2007/2008 financial year,
200,000 during 2008/2009 and 500,000 during 2009/2010 financial year.