Bicycles: hop on
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22 September 2016
As more and more people choose to hop on a bike rather than a crammed tram, we examine the cycle revolution that is just around the corner. We see how bike tours are improving one of Johannesburg’s poorest communities, check out cycling in traffic-prone Cairo and discuss how bicycles are used in celebrations in Vancouver. Plus: a 3,500km journey across Europe.
22 September 2016
In South Africa bikes are offering new opportunities. We check out a cycle-tour company that has been set up to guide people around Johannesburg’s oldest township, Alexandra, which is known for its miles of ramshackle huts, widespread poverty and high levels of crime.
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