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Friday Jun 13, 2014

Cape Town to expand cycling network

A R20 million expansion of the Cape Town's cycling lanes will see the network linking cyclists from areas such as Athlone, Rondebosch, Mowbray and Salt River to the city centre.

The city also plans to construct cycling and walking lanes in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Philippi, Steenberg, Atlantis, Delft, Kuils River and Bonteheuwel.

The city's Transport for Cape Town will start the project next week to expand the network from the Liesbeek Parkway cycle route to the city centre. The project will also connect cyclists from Observatory and Woodstock.

Mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron said the project would go a long way in providing residents in these suburbs with an alternative mode of transport.

During the first phase of the project, new green colourised cycle lanes will be demarcated with road studs.

The construction of the cycle lanes will start at the Malta Road and Station Road crossing in Observatory, linking it with the Liesbeek Parkway cycle route.

It will pass through Salt River and end at the Albert Road and Station Road crossing in Woodstock.

Pavements will be improved, kerbs will be dropped and obstacles will be removed to allow pedestrians with special needs to navigate roads easier.

The second phase of the project is in its design stage and will extend cycle lanes from Woodstock along Newmarket and Strand streets to Adderley Street.

Steve Hayward, chairman of the Pedal Power Association, welcomed the move to construct more cycle lanes. 'It will be absolutely wonderful because the Cycle Tour started more than 30 years ago as a demonstration to authorities that cyclists need these facilities and it's wonderful that these things are coming to fruition.'

He said it was essential for the city to look at getting cycling lanes near industrial areas because in areas like Dunoon and Retreat, many people used bicycles to travel to work in Montague Gardens and Concert Boulevard.

Herron said the city hoped that residents who preferred using private vehicles would be persuaded to walk or cycle to work.

Other areas where cycling and walking lanes would be constructed included Plumstead, Somerset West, Macassar, Eersterivier, Blackheath, Ottery, Milnerton, Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis, Elsies River, Bellville South and Grassy Park.

Herron said according to the city's latest household travel survey, 33 percent of low income households walk to get to work, education facilities and social amenities.

Cape Times


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