The City of Cape Town has noted complaints from the cycling fraternity and media reports about motorists parking or driving in the green lanes that are for the exclusive use of cyclists. Steps will be taken during the course of the next few weeks to address the lawlessness and general disregard along cycle lanes within the city and in Salt River.
During the past five financial years, Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, has spent approximately R300 million on non-motorised transport (NMT) projects such as installing cycle lanes and walking paths in an effort to create a universally accessible, cycle-friendly city that also promotes walking and cycling to get around.
Our city’s roads are heavily congested and the purpose of this strategy is to lure motorists away from private vehicles and to convince them to rather cycle or walk to where they need to be when it is practical to do so. The only sustainable way to reduce congestion is to reduce the number of vehicle trips on our roads.
'The more cyclists who make use of the cycling lanes that are being provided by the City, the better the chances are that cycling will become an accepted norm – and not the exception – of transport in Cape Town for visitors and residents alike. This will create awareness among other road users, and motorists in particular, that cyclists are also rightful road users and not a nuisance. It has become clear, however, that the City will have to step in to improve cyclists’ safety along the cycle lanes. As such, we will be implementing some measures to ensure that motorists stay out of the green cycle lanes at all times,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
During the course of the next few weeks, measures will be taken to promote cyclists’ safety along the green cycle lanes:
- Apart from Vuka Bumps (road studs), TCT will also install bollards along the green colourised cycle lane along Albert Road in Salt River to indicate their exclusive use by cyclists and pedestrians and to prevent other road users from entering the lane.
- Drivers who double-park and obstruct the cycle lane can be towed away in terms of the National Road Traffic Act. The City’s Traffic Service will assist as a matter of urgency in towing away any vehicle that is parked in the cycle lanes along Albert Road and along the streets in the Cape Town central business district. Apart from having to pay a release fee for the impounded vehicle, the owner of the vehicle will be fined as well.
‘We do, however, also need our cyclists’ assistance with this campaign. We would like them to take ownership of the cycle lanes and to be our eyes and ears on the road. I therefore want to appeal to the cycling fraternity to please report transgressors to the City. I can assure them that the City’s Traffic Service will take action and enforce all illegal parking and stopping in the cycle lanes,’ said Councillor Herron.
Cyclists wishing to report any illegal activity on the cycle lane may do so to the Safety and Security Directorate on 021 596 1999. Cyclists can also report transgressors to the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.