In the past six months, Cape Town has spent almost R35 million on walkways and cycle lanes in Kuils River, Blackheath and Eerste River and, a further R28,5 million to provide thousands of resident with a safe route from Bloemkombos railway station to work opportunities and social amenities in neighbouring Brackenfell.
Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Brett Herron says, “Those of us making use of private vehicles may find it difficult to comprehend the dangers that pedestrians face daily across our city – from reckless driving to unlit walkways after dark, and in some exceptional cases there is simply no space provided for pedestrians. The city is committed to addressing this with the creation of new walkways and cycle lanes. We are certain that the new infrastructure in these areas will make a real difference in the quality of life of our residents.”
The project includes:
Kuils River: A new walkway and cycle lane along Langverwacht Road from the crossing with Van Riebeeck Road to the crossing with
Zevenwacht Link Road. The lane is 3 m wide, tarred and is shared between cyclists and pedestrians.
Blackheath: A new walkway and cycle lane along Range Road, stretching from Station to Buttskop Roads. A new walkway along Wimbledon Road from the intersection with School Street to the traffic circle at Eersriv Way.
Eerste River: Refurbished sidewalks, lighting, pedestrian benches and landscaping along Forest Drive from the crossing with Van Riebeeck Road to Bobs Way. A walkway and cycle lane along a section of the Eerste River canal, stretching from Raymond Ackerman Drive to Bobs Way. Refurbished sidewalks along Beverley Street.
Kraaifontein: A walkway and cycle lane along the Ou Paarl Road, stretching from Mlenzana Road to Kruisfontein Way, providing pedestrians with safe access from the Bloekombos railway station to the industrial area and other opportunities in Brackenfell.
“This infrastructure forms part of TCT’s Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) programme. Each year we allocate a budget for this programme with the sole intent of making it easier and safer for our residents to walk to their destinations,” says Herron.