Cycling the Seaboard
Hello and Housekeeping
Hello, and welcome to your bike ride with Up Cycles, Cape Town’s only drop and go bike hire company. Now is a good time to adjust your volume. And find a comfortable place for your phone in your pocket.
Just before you start your ride, we have a few reminders to ensure your safety, and that you have as much fun on your journey as possible. Please don’t forget that our bicycles are back-pedals. Some of you might know them as contro-pedal, or rerto-pedalage.
What that means is that you need to pedal backwards to slow down or stop the bicycle. If you are not familiar with the braking system, have a quick test-spin around the square before you go. A good thing to remember is: the more you pedal, the easier it gets!
If you would like to ride with a helmet, make sure you have received one from an Up Cycles assistant before you depart. If you have any problems with the bicycle along the way, like a puncture or accident, our phone number is located under the seat. Give us a call, and we will come and rescue you.
Each bicycle has a bell, which lets people along the way know you are coming. Ringing it is also half the fun of the ride, so be sure to make yourself heard. If at any stage during the ride you feel nervous or uncomfortable, you can always get off the bike and walk until the coast is clear.
I'll give you directions as we go, so you can just put your phone away, and listen to the stories. VoiceMap uses your location to play commentary automatically. There might be patches of silence, but you'll hear my voice when you reach each location. If you think you might be lost, stop and take a look at the map to get back on track. Otherwise, just enjoy the ride!
Now you’re ready to go, make sure that you are standing with the Clock Tower behind you. You should be looking over the water, with the swing bridge ahead of you. If you’re lucky, the bridge will be open. If not, you may have to wait for a ship or two to pass.
You can ride or walk across, depending on the traffic. Go straight across and down the ramp, with the African Trading Post on your left. Be careful down the ramp and head towards your left-hand side. I'll meet you on the other side.