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Woodstock Street Art eBike Tour

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Woodstock Street Art eBike Tour

From a once bustling seaside resort to a semi-industrial area and now a bustling hub of creativity and hip coffee shops, the suburb of Woodstock just outside the Cape Town CBD has seen its fair share of re-invention over the years. Recently street art has been adding another voice to the transformation process. The Woodstock Street Art.

A short history

It’s hard to imagine that in the middle of the 19th Century, Woodstock, the semi-industrial area on the outskirts of Cape Town’s CBD, was once a seaside resort comparable to Brighton in the UK. However, in the years that followed, Woodstock became increasingly industrialised, especially after the substantial land reclamations in the 1950s that robbed the suburb of its beach. With the coming and going of industry, crime started creeping into the area with the area a definite no-go zone for tourists and even locals.

However, since the early 1990s Woodstock has undergone a gradual urban renewal process, especially in the last decade or so. These days Woodstock is undoubtedly the creative hub of the Mother City, with factories making way for artist studios, furniture showrooms and creative agencies occupying much of the area, and hip and trendy coffee shops and eateries lining its streets.

Street Art Transformation

Despite the great inroads made into the transformation of Woodstock, it is an ongoing process, and street art has played a major part in transforming the area into a safe and vibrant community, while adding to its lively creative character. It is this transformation that lies at the heart of the artist Juma Mkwela. The street art tour, a guided ride through the alleys and streets of Woodstock. It is not the purpose of the art to change Woodstock, says Juma, but to help transform the area and bring more people into its streets.

The Tour

Led by a friendly and cheerful host with an in-depth knowledge of the art that adorns the walls and buildings of Woodstock, as well as the artists who created them. Insightful stories provide an understanding not only of the art, but of the meaning behind it and the role it plays in the area’s transformation. The majority of the art on display in the streets of Woodstock has some type of transformative message, from nature conservation to social justice, and general upliftment of the community, its social commentary that is often provocative. The array of work is as vast and diverse as the artists that created them, both local and international, young and old, unknown and world-famous, who have come to put their mark on the walls of Woodstock.

Everything changes

The nature of street art means that it is always changing, with new buildings, alterations, new gates and fences, and even vandals obscuring the art, and in some cases changing the meaning of what the artist originally intended. It’s this element that is often most fascinating to see. It also means that the tour is ever changing, and rewarding repeat visits.

A sense of community

The majority of the artwork is either done via proposal or commission and always with permission from the owners of the buildings on which the artwork is to be created. At the end of the day the art on walls and buildings of Woodstock is about the community, to make the area a more pleasant place for the mostly impoverished community who live just beyond the bustling streets full of hip coffee shops and hotshot agencies.

The Woodstock Street Art eBike tour is a great way to not only appreciate great art, but also see this positive transformation in progress.

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Chapmans Peak Ebike Tour

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Chapman’s Peak  e-Bike Tour

Chapmans Peak is named after John Chapman, the Captain’s mate of an English ship the Consent. The peak which looms overhead was not named after a governor or brave mountaineer, but a lowly ship’s pilot.

  • Chapman’s Peak is named after John Chapman, the Captain’s mate of an English ship, the Consent. The peak which looms overhead was not named after a governor or brave mountaineer, but a lowly ship’s pilot. In 1607 the skipper of the British ship Contest found his vessel becalmed in what is now Hout Bay and sent his pilot, John Chapman, to row ashore in the hope of finding provisions. The pilot later recorded the bay as Chapman’s Chaunce (chance) and the name stuck, becoming official on all East India charts.

    In the early 1920’s Sir Nicolas Fredrick de Waal, first administrator of the Cape Province, ordered the construction of a high-level road linking Cape Town with the Southern Suburbs. The roadway (De Waal Drive) was extremely well received. Enthused with this success he called for another road linking Hout Bay to Noordhoek. Two possible routes were under consideration in 1910. The route over the low nek between the Chapman’s and Noordhoek Peaks was second to the more spectacular route along the vertical sea cliffs.

    In 1914 preliminary surveys on the road got under way. Surveying the route was a scary business. The cliffs and ravines were steep, rotten and unstable, and at times the surveying party was on all fours as they investigated the perpendicular terrain. The route over the nek appeared to be no better; and the project appeared to be expensive and a ‘mission impossible’. De Waal however, would not take no for an answer and eventually he ordered the ‘go ahead’ for along the cliffs which appeared, at the time to be the better option.

    The road was cleverly planned with the road surface based on the solid and conveniently located 630 million year old Cape Granite contour, while the many roadside cuttings would be carved out of the more workable Malmesbury series sediments.

    In 1915, with the use of convict labour supplied by the newly formed Union Government, construction began from the Hout Bay end, and in the following year work began from Noordhoek. The first portion of the road to the Lookout was opened in 1919.

    This spectacular roadway took seven years to complete, at a cost of ₤20 000. The Hout Bay – NoordHoek Road ‘hewn out of the stone face of Sheer Mountain’ was opened to traffic on Saturday 6 May 1922 by the Governor of the Union of South Africa, His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of Connaught.

    In 1962 a section of the road was widened, and in 1977 a portion of road was washed away, and subsequently the road was closed on 14 May, after a large section was washed away and the damaged section was replaced by a bridge at a cost of R150 000.

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Campsbay Ebike Tour

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Tour Cape Town’s ‘Reviera’ The Strip

Tour the Atlantic Seaboard is known as Cape Town’s ‘Riviera’. Running from the V&A Waterfront on the north shore of Table Mountain, Cape Town is beautiful!

The much-loved stretch encompasses the vibey hub of Green Point, the Sea Point Promenade, which stretches along the water’s edge from Mouille Point to the end of Sea Point. Touring the upmarket beachfront neighbourhoods of Clifton and Camps Bay, and the quaint harbour village affectionately known as the Republic of Hout Bay, awesome.

Sandwiched between the glistening Atlantic Ocean and the slopes of Lions Head and the Twelve Apostles, sundowners are an absolute treat here and there are plenty of places to enjoy them. While the water can be a little chilly, beaches like Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay are popular for swimming. See it all, feel it all close up from your Gonow Electric Bicycle. Book Your ebike tour online Now.

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