Hey Tony, come ride with us…

I’m serious. Let’s ride a section of the new bike lanes (I’ll lend you a bike if you don’t have one), and see the extension being built, to Dunoon – where there are dozens of guys who ride to save money and improve their lives. I’ll invite colleagues from Grassy Park and Westlake, who also ride as transport, and who wish they had bike lanes out that side.
I agree with you that Milnerton to Cape Town was not the wisest site for the first high-profile bike lanes (but I can see how it ended up that way). But rather let’s make sure that there are miles more bike lanes on the way, and in the right places this time. Bicycle facilities can be extraordinarily effective (and inexpensive) poverty alleviation interventions, but we can chat more on our ride.
Look forward to that.
All the best
Gail Jennings
Editor: Mobility magazine
Publisher: Cape Town Bicycle Map

In Du Noon Township near Milnerton, north of Cape Town, the streets are filled with cyclists, all of whom ride as an inexpensive means of transport. And as the brand-new segregated bicycle lanes, which currently end in Milnerton, are soon to continue all the way to the township, their lives are set to become significantly easier.

Albert Munthali, 29, a Malawian citizen who has been in SA for seven years, says he travels 10km to and from work everyday as it saves him the cost of paying for public transport. Another bicycle commuter, Evans Phiri, 25, says he rides to work in Bayside Mall in Table View everyday using a bicycle. Cycling to work everyday saves “expenses on public transport”, he says, and it has kept him “healthy and physically fit.”

Former Burundian Bless Gonzaki says riding a bicycle around Du Noon is the “best mode of transport” as he is able to travel anywhere.

And Fanwel Jalfan, a South African, looks a lot younger than his 60 years, attributes his youthful appearance to riding a bicycle. Although he does own a car, he prefers pedalling his bicycle, he says.

Four to five times a month, cycles longer trips into Cape Town, “but every weekend I ride my bicycle within Du Noon,” he says. ‘I prefer riding a bicycle because when a car has run out of petrol and or the engine is faulty, I would have to leave the car there, while when a bicycle has a puncture, it can simply be fixed there or carried on the shoulders….”

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