New plan: City wants us to cycle to work

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The City of Cape Town is in the process of designing an extensive cycling plan to encourage Capetonians to not just cycle for fun, but also to commute.

It wants to turn Cape Town to the country’s premier cycling city, “where where cycling is an accepted, accessible and popular mode of transport for all – residents and visitors alike”, according to the executive summary of the cycling plan.

The idea is that residents use bicycles for commuter trips of between 10 and 15 km and for road and rail public transport feeder groups.

The City hopes to increase utility cycling from its current 1% to 8% by 2030. This is expected to contribute to a reduction in congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

The plan, which will take 10 to 15 years to complete, includes the following key focus areas:

  • Improved access to bicycles (making bicycles available to less resourced communities)
  • Improved safety and security for cyclists (street layouts, traffic measures, ;
  • Including cycle routes in the City’s Integrated Transport Plan;
  • Regular monitoring of the cycling project; and
  • Consulting with stakeholders and determine behavioural .

Residents have until 21 February to comment on the plan.

Read more: The Draft Cycling Strategy for Cape Town – full text

To comment: Go to the City’s website


Send an email to Makhotso Mathoma at 


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