Moonlight Mass off and on

Nine days before #moonlightmass 24 was set to take place on the 17th of November, the City of Cape Town revoked the event permit due to public liability concerns. When the storm broke on social media, Minister Alan Winde was quick to jump into action, applying for the event permit for the November riding of the mass himself. The ride went ahead and credit must be given to Mr Winde, local councillor Beverly Schafer and all the citizens who made a fuss.

The City, meanwhile, is still fretting over the potential for very expensive liability suites should there be a tragic collision between bicycle and motor vehicle, so expect more debate on takeovers of public roads where there are no entry fees or signed liability waivers. For now #moonlightmass is back on, but mountain bikers please enforce the “no helmet, no ride” rule with your urban riding mates.

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