Heavy foot traffic on the cycle/walking paths in Khayelitsha

We’ve been reading about the City’s NMT infrastructure in the media a lot lately, and the City’s defence of the R12-million dedicated bike lanes from central Cape Town to Milnerton (that there are also bike lanes in poorer areas…).  We went to have a look at some of the bike lanes in Khayelitsha (mid-day) and were happy to see them being heavily used… Not by cyclists, but by school learners, who at last have a safe place in which to walk.  NMT means non-motorised transport – not cycling only. It means walking, cycling, small wheels, universal access, any form of transport that doesn’t require an engine. So don’t let’s get too stressed if there aren’t bicycles on the NMT lanes 🙂 If there’s no-one on the lanes at all, that’s another matter entirely (and we do hear things about the Liesbeeck Park lane that are not encouraging…)

Spot the fabulous bicycle parking rack…

Where are the bike lanes:

  • Njongo Street and Soloman Tshuku Street -C lass 4: cyclists share the road way with vehicles.
  • Spine Road Lansdowne Road to Mew Way Phase 1 and 2 – Class 2: lanes shared with pedestrians.
  • Greenbelt: Oscar Mpetha to Ntlazani Road – Class 1: lanes are dedicated cycle paths.
  • Walter Sisulu / Lwandle Road From Pama to Steve Biko Road Ailam Street and Tabulele Street – Class 2 lanes shared with pedestrians.
  • Steve Biko Road: Waltwer Sisulu to Khayelitsha Greenbelt – Class 3: 1.2m-wide lanes painted on the roadway.
  • Pama Road: Kusasa Road to Mongesi Road – Class 2: lanes shared with pedestrians.



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