There was a euphoric atmosphere as eThekwini Transport Authority kicked off Transport Month with the opening of its sixth GO!Durban Academy in Cornubia.
ON 1 October the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) kicked off Transport Month with the opening of its sixth GO!Durban Academy in Cornubia. There was a euphoric atmosphere as approximately 200 children from the Cornubia community attended the launch and had the opportunity to utilise the brand-new pump track. The new park includes a world-class velosolutions asphalt pump track which provides an ideal training ground for young people with varying skills sets, from young cyclists who are learning to ride, to the more advanced riders who are training to compete in professional events.
Additional complementary services such as homework and tutoring, a nutritional programme, and bike mechanics are also offered on site. ETA Head Thami Manyathi said: “I am excited that our team is making great strides with the delivery of these parks. This is the second park we are opening this year and we now have a total of six around the City. The new park is strategically located adjacent to one of the City’s key housing development nodes (Cornubia Phase 1), the area offers some social amenities, a shopping mall, and housing and developed land sites.” “These parks bring young people together using cycling as a common focus. Our hope is to promote a cycling culture which is in line with the City’s active mobility plan,” said Manyathi.
The new site also created job opportunities for locals, with employment on site ranging from coaches, caterers and teachers who hail from the nearby Cornubia area. The other GO!Durban Academy sites are located in Inanda, KwaDabeka, KwaMashu, Chesterville, and Wentworth for communities to enjoy.