What is a Matie Bike?

Stellenbosch is the first South African university to set the bicycle wheels rolling for sustainability. Since 15 March 2012, staff and students can rent Matie Bikes. Safe bicycle sheds are also being erected while the establishment of cycling lanes is being undertaken together with the municipality.

The first Matie Bikes were imported from the Netherlands by BEN (Bike Empowerment Network). These bicycles were blue and identified by a special sticker as a Matie Bike.

New maroon Matie Bikes were purchased at the end of 2016. Like the old blue bicycles, these bicycles do not have gears, and have hand brakes instead of back-pedal brakes.