City staffers plead for better cycle/pedestrian safety signage

The City of Cape Town is currently updating its Bicycle Master Plan, and have called for consultants and province to take into account the need for better bicycle and pedestrian safety signage.

A City of Cape Town staffer, passionate about road safety, shared with us how when holiday in the Northern Cape, he made some interesting cycle and pedestrian safety related observations, and would like to see similar signage implemented on Western Cape roads:

1. On the road between Brandvlei and Keimoes I saw the triangle warning sign indicating the possible presence of cyclists repeated frequently. This section is single carriage, 100 km/h posted speed with no shoulder. This area is extensive sheep farming area with low worker requirements. I have observed similar signage on the N7 outside Springbok.

2. On the road between Kakamas and the turn off to the road leading to the Augrabies National Park, high visibility warning signs indicating the possible presence of pedestrians were repeated frequently. Pictures attached. In one instance the two high visibility signs are located within sight distance of each other! The land use here is very intense farming with predominantly grapes and some other fruit. Even now in the off season, many pedestrians were observed.

How can it be that the Northern Cape Province interpret SARTSM (South African Road Traffic Signs Manual) in a particular way and is willing to implement signage in the best interest of cyclists and pedestrians while in Cape Town objection is experienced to implementing the same – to the detriment of vulnerable road users?



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  1. These signs [both cyclist & pedestrian] are frequent along the N12, especially outside places like Kimberley, Warrenton, Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom. I think City of Cape Town assumes that once in an urban area one should assume there are other road users. How wrong can they be!

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