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Bicycles: hop on

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22 September 2016

Episode 258

28 minutes


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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

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Chapter 1

6 minutes


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Chapter 1

Johannesburg: cycle tours

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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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Chapter 2

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Vancouver: celebrating on a bike

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Cycling in Vancouver is an increasingly popular lifeline for commuters and tourists but it’s also the vehicle of choice for activist movements and celebrations within the arts community.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Cycling 3,500km across Europe on a bike

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Monocle’s very own Clair Urbahn tells us about her journey cycling 3,500km across Europe this summer and how a trip like this can offer rejuvenation like no other.

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Chapter 4

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Cairo: an unusual cycle-friendly city

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A city of some nine million residents, Cairo is used to heavy traffic. The solution to the smoggy, clogged roads? A growing number of people are getting on their bikes.

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