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Tuesday Mar 03, 2015

Woodstock cycle lane fill in missing link

A new cycle lane in Woodstock, Cape Town is nearing completion.

With the Cape Town Cycle Tour just five days away, mayco member for Transport Brett Herron went on a site visit to inspect progress of the lane yesterday.

A cyclist rides past the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.

The new cycle lane will link the existing Liesbeek Parkway cycle route in Observatory with the Cape Town central business district along Malta and Albert roads, passing through Salt River and Woodstock.

Herron said after completion, by the end of June, commuters who use the train to get to work will have the option of cycling to the stations in Salt River and Woodstock before continuing their journey to work by train.

Herron said where the cycle lane forms part of the road, like it will along Albert Road, it will be demarcated with road studs to indicate its exclusive use by cyclists.

The new lane will also make space for pedestrians, specifically along Malta Road in Observatory.

"The lane is 3.5m wide instead of 1.5m. This section of the cycle lane in Observatory is also separate from the roadway."

Herron said the creation of the new cycle lane was part of the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) initiative and cost about R20 million.

He said in the past five financial years, the City of Cape Town had spent close to R300m on NMT with aims of creating a universally accessible cycle-friendly environment.

"Urbanites and visitors who make use of the cycle and walking paths across the city will be pleased to know that in the next two financial years we will be spending another R150m on footways and pedestrian bridges, lighting, cycle ways and bicycle parking, as well as design elements to promote universal access to those pedestrians who are visually impaired or using wheelchairs, among others."

In addition, the city has also made plans to beautify the lane.

"We will also plant about 25 trees along Salt River Road and another 30 along Albert Road, beautifying this built-up area with much-needed greenery and shade."

The trees will have a root-watering system, linked to a timing device, which will water the trees.

"We want to beautify these streets because a city should not only be functional, but also pleasant to work and live in."

Cape Argus


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