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New cycling lane to connect Big Bay and Melkbosstrand

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority recently commenced with the construction of a 5,85 km cycle lane between Big Bay and Melkbosstrand. Read more below:

The City handed over the site to the contractor on 30 March 2017 and, if all goes as planned, this cycle lane will be completed by the end of September this year.

The route forms part of the city-wide non-motorised master plan which is intended to transform Cape Town into a pedestrian- and cycling-friendly city where tourists and locals have access to safe cycling lanes and walkways with universal access. Also, the City received many requests from local councilors and recreational cyclists for the provision of a safe cycling facility along this route which is very popular over weekends, on public holidays, and in the early morning.

‘Numerous factors were taken into consideration when deciding to construct the cycling lane, including the safety of cyclists and the environmental impact. The lane will benefit all users of this route, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in that it will create a safer environment for all,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.

The 3 m wide cycle lane is being constructed along the eastern side of the road with a delineator kerb on the roadside of the lane.

‘The cycle lane will run alongside Otto Du Plessis Drive (M14) and the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. No road closures are anticipated during the construction period. However, the Derdesteen parking area has been closed to the public since it is being used as the demarcated site camp for the duration of the project,’ said Councillor Little.

 The City apologises for the inconvenience caused to users of the area and would like to note that the remaining four coastal parking areas along this coastline will remain open to the public.

 The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve is only 25 km from the centre of Cape Town and is regarded as a global biodiversity hot spot. It is approximately 2 000 hectares in size and has a rich mosaic of natural, cultural and historical elements.

‘Cape Town’s natural beauty provides the ideal opportunity for locals and visitors to grab their hiking boots and cameras, hop onto their bicycles, and get out and up close with our breathtaking natural surroundings. With the new cycle lane, getting to the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve will be easier, safer, and more fun,’ said Councillor Little.

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