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There was a carnival atmosphere as cyclists took over the streets of the City during the Freedom Ride of 20 July. 
 
Thousands of bicycle riders of all ages cycled through the city's heritage route in celebration of Nelson Mandela's legacy.
 
The 34km ride which formed part of the Mandela Day celebrations, started and finished at the Nelson Mandela Bridge.
 
About 4000 riders rode through the city's newly constructed cycle lanes in Braamfontein and Orlando, along the heritage sites which include the West Park cemetery, where Walter and Albertina Sisulu are buried, via Orlando Stadium, up to the Nelson Mandela family house in Vilakazi street - Orlando, where participants were treated to entertainment and cake.
 
"De Korte and Jorissen streets in Braamfontein have been reconfigured and now include a dedicated green strip reserved for cyclists, while in Orlando, the sidewalk has been reconstructed to include a cycle lane," said Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau.
 
Mayor Tau said the ride aims to make the city bicycle friendly, promote a healthy lifestyle and to show its commitment towards going green.
 
Member of the Mayoral Council for Transport, Councillor Christine Walters also rode to her bike, showing youngsters how it is done.
 
Joburg residents, Christian DeOliveira and his 6-year-old son Gabriel from Bryanston were among many family riders. Gabriel rode on his mini-mountain bike and finished the ride with no complications.
 
The ride caused minimal traffic interruptions along the affected routes, motorists adhered to the traffic controllers' instructions as they stopped to give way to riders, who were in high spirit, donned in yellow T-shirts branded "Freedom Ride - Cycling For All."
 
They stopped at food stations along the route to refresh, drink water and nimble on oranges. A number of breakdowns were attended to by bicycle technicians and those injured received help from the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) on site. 
 
The city plans to make the Freedom Ride an annual event.
 
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