Cyclist / pedestrian crash on Kommetjie Road… Will the City ever build bike lanes where we need them?

I’ve often wondered why the City of Cape Town didn’t ever build the bicycle lane allegedly promised, from MasiP toward the 4-way stop (OK I haven’t realy wondered why, I’d simply observd it, yet again… ) But yesterday as I was driving along Kommetjie Rd, I was looking at the multitudes of pedestrians walking along the allegedly shared bike/ped facility, thinking it was just a matter of time before there is a pedestrian /cyclist collision…

And then lo and behold, there was… I saw a cyclist ride straight into a pedestrian who stepped in his way…

See below, the report from CMR. But pretty soon it’s not going to be such a minor injury 😦

The second incident near to Capri Robots was in fact a pedestrian who has stepped in front of a cyclist who was on a fitness training cycle. The pedestrian suffered some facial injuries and the cyclist a minor abrasion to his right knee area.

Do you think the City will EVER start building bicycle lanes where people actually cycle, or keep on building them where no-one rides, or where they hope people will ride… This route was on the City of Cape Town’s much lauded Bicycle Master Plan, as was, ahem, Muizenberg Main Road…

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Comments

  1. I cannot understand what with our very poor public transport system locally why the city doesn’t invest in cycle lanes. Its a no brainer!

    Encouraging people to cycle to work but also to provide protection to the multitude of Capetonians that cycle recreationally surely must be right for so many reasons.

    We live in one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world. What better way to see and experience it than to get on your bike!

  2. Have you seen the “cyclel lane” in Riebeek Street in the city center?? It is completely impossible to cycle there.
    I will be posting pictures on my blog of this in the next few days.
    http://cyclingincapetown.blogspot.com/

    • Sadly I think most bike lanes in Cape Town are totally unthought-through, and I’ll keep riding with the traffic as I have the last 20 yrs in Cape Town. Am giving a paper at UCT in Sept about biking and cycle planning in Denmark vs CT, so would love your comment:-)

      • The City’s response to our query re this particlar non-bike lane and creash: “Collisions are bound to happen sooner or later on shared NMT facilities, more so when then there are significant volumes of NMT’s mingling. These facilities rely on cyclists adopting an appropriate speed when using a shared facility. Sports / training cyclists will normally not use a shared NMT facility and take their chances with the traffic – as we have been doing for years. Unfortunately accidents do happen and will continue to happen.”

  3. I would be more that happy to comment on/give input to anything you need:D Just let me know.
    Sarah

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