Some new Bicycle Portraits

We love Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler ‘s Bicycle Portraits project (and not only because they helped us with pics for the Cape Town Bicycle Map).

But their latest pics are particularly interesting – to me, anyway – because I’ve seen each of these guys around the city, and on many occasions have used Patrick the cycle courier:

‘First there was Henry Nxumalo whose story about how the new cycle and bus route impacted his life as a homeless man gave me a lot to think about.’ Says Nxumalo: “We been living under this bridge for quite some time and because of the new cycle and bus lanes passing here the City Improvement District officers come here and they take away our stuff – we’ve lost a lot of stuff, they take everything and we have to start all over again..”

‘Later I met Bernard Kehoe, an inner-city doctor that was so inspired by the new cycle way close to his house that he brought his old Bridgestone RB-2 out of the garage for the first time in 15 years. He rides to work every day now.’ Says Kehoe: “I ride the same time every day and I almost never see anybody else commuting. I think it’s a tragedy.” [And that answers one of our questions at RideYourCity, sadly…]

“Then I was very glad to finally photograph Patrick O’gorman, one of Cape Town’s very few bicycle couriers, whose face I’ve seen for years zipping past me on his bike.’  Says O’gorman: “Now I’m working for Crisis Couriers. I’m their only cycle courier. One of the few in Cape Town.” [So if you ever need a courier, you know who to call.]

Visit the Bicycle Portraits website and make sure you get a copy (or more) of their photographic as soon as it’s out.



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