Back row from left: Adinda Jantjies (LED/Tourism), Soli Madikane (Director: LED, Overstrand Municipality), Larenzo Isaacs (Senior Superintendent: Traffic Operations ) Suné Greeff (Tourism Manager) and Chantelle Hill (LED Officer). Front row from left: Michellis Page, Sikholele Mvimbi, Lee-Roy Slingers. (Cyclists not on the photo: Yamnkela Silwana, Dylan Beukes and Avuyile Nkololwane.)
From Monday 8 April 2013 a free bicycle taxi service will be a further addition to the unique experience visitors can have in Hermanus, a town which is world-wide renowned for the best land based whale watching and the planet’s only whale crier.
This will be conducted as a pilot project for three months after which the success of the service will be evaluated and a decision will be taken on turning it into a permanent one.
The purpose of this service is not only to impress visitors with the abundance of attractions and hospitality of the town without them getting lost, but also to drop them off on the doorsteps of the many exciting shops and other businesses in the CBD of Hermanus.
At the same time jobs are created and skills training and transfer to unemployed young people will take place.
Initially three bicycle taxis will traverse the business district from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday on a hop-on-hop-off basis with designated stop points along the route, which will not only cover the beaten track, but also include hidden alleys and byways.
The cost of the service will be carried by businesses, who can participate in the project by taking a listing or an advertisement on a map of Hermanus, which is given free of charge to visitors. A simple listing could cost about R30 per month, depending on how many businesses join up, or R100 per month for bigger advertising space.
The first six taxi cyclists, drafted from the Overstrand Municipality’ s database of unemployed persons with an interest in the hospitality industry, received their training during the past week to become true “tourism ambassadors” for Hermanus, with a good knowledge of everything our town has to offer to guests.
Customer care training and an educational tour to familiarize themselves with the attractions and points of interest of Hermanus was provided by the municipality’s Tourism Department on Tuesday 2 April and the Overstrand Traffic Department gave them instruction in traffic safety on Wednesday 3 April.
The route was approved by the Overstrand Municipality’s Traffic Department and will exclude the three major traffic circles of the town for safety reasons. The pedicabs are equipped with 18 gears, battery operated lights and indicators and special brakes to ensure safe stopping when loaded. Each bicycle can seat two guests at a time.
The Bicycle Taxi project is a partnership between Overstrand Municipality, the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and the Businesses of Hermanus. EPWP will be responsible for the salaries of the cyclists/ tourism ambassadors, Overstrand Municipality will provide the training, and the businesses of Hermanus will be responsible for the maintenance of the bicycle taxis, insurance, uniforms and the prin-ting of the maps the visitors will receive, as well as the day-to-day operations.
For more information regarding advertising or listing on the map contact Mia at: 028- 312 4228, 028 -312 2660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee-Roy Slingers (cyclist), Soli Madikane, Director of Economic Development, and Michellis Page (cyclist)