Every month, hundreds of avid cyclists and adventurous souls gather at the Green Point Circle to participate in the Moonlight Mass – a night bicycle ride through Cape Town city, which aims to promote awareness about cyclist’s safety in an urban environment. If you’re staying in Green Point accommodation, then this is the ideal way to explore a different side of the Mother City.
The event is the brain child of Daniel Graham and Elad Kirshenbaum who proposed the initial idea as a Twitter experiment. It’s grown from strength to strength and hundreds of participants now join in the exciting ride once a month, when the moon is full.
The route allows you to explore some of the city’s highlights – you start at the Green Point Circle, cycle along Beach Road, turn into Three Anchor Bay Road and then hop into Green Point Main Road, before turning into Riebeek Street and congregating at the bottom of Long Street. This is where everyone meets up and where the mass ride begins. It’s the most incredible atmosphere and feeling of community as everyone pedals forward as one, chatting and laughing and showing Cape Town how to cycle in style.
In a world where global warming is a reality, we each need to do our part to reduce our carbon footprints. One of the most positive ways of doing so is to adopt non-motorised means of commuting in and around town. Cycling is an ideal mode of transport and it’s also an extremely effective means of exercise, allowing you to kill two birds with one stone, as it were.
Next time you’re staying in Green Point accommodation, make sure that the Moonlight Mass is firmly on your agenda. Get involved on Twitter and show your support for cyclists and their safety in the city.