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Alderman Felicity Purchase, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, visited the sites in Atlantis and Blaauwberg where the Department of Transport is implementing cycle and walking lanes.
‘Non-motorised transport is a valuable component of the transport system. Many residents walk to their destinations, and by providing lanes for walking and cycling, we contribute to their safety. Also, the City is encouraging residents to walk or cycle to their destinations, especially if these are close by, and when practical. I am pleased with the progress made so far and I foresee that this project will be completed within the scheduled time,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.
The project commenced in May 2019. Work currently underway includes the construction of new non-motorised transport facilities in the Atlantis and the Blaauwberg North areas, as well as along Birkenhead Drive in Melkbosstrand.
To date, work has been completed in the following areas:
The walkways along Montreal Drive and Athens Road are still under construction.
Work is still to be done in the following areas:
Completed sections in Parklands include walk and cycle ways next to the road with an average width of 1,5m so that cyclists and pedestrians can share the space:
At the moment, work has commenced on Ringwood Drive and Birkenhead Drive. Humewood Drive will follow.
‘I want to add that non-motorised transport is an integral part of the City’s integrated transport network plan and is aimed at improving the safety of our most vulnerable road users, chief among them those who walk or cycle to their destinations, or make use of the roads for recreational activities. The walkways and cycle lanes are also accessible to those with special needs – for example, the work includes dropped kerbs, tactile paving, intersections and crossing points, as well as the repositioning of street furniture like bins and signage.
‘By providing this much-needed infrastructure, we create conditions that are conducive for and will encourage road users to substitute their private vehicles for NMT where practical, or to walk or cycle to public transport modes. NMT is a legitimate and essential form of transport in cities across the world and Cape Town is no exception, given the rapid rate of urbanisation and the challenge we have with traffic congestion,’ said Alderman Purchase.
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