Cognitive dissonance… of the Cycle Tour, bikes on trains, and extra capacity…

Metrorail recently took a policy decision, we’re told, to not permit bicycles on trains in Cape Town – a decision that has significant impact on integration, equity and connectivity within a city of long travel distances (too far to ride). And when questioned about its inability to deal with desperately overloaded carriages in the metro-south-east, for example, Metrorail cites an inability to add extra carriages…

But when it comes to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, Metrorail finds it possible not only to permit bicycles on trains, but to allocate EXTRA carriages and EXTRA trains… See below. And sadly, many of us are reaching activism-fatigue in this regard…

“To cater for cyclists in this year’s Cape Argus Cycle Tour, Metrorail has scheduled an extra train and allocated two carriages on it for cyclists. Tickets for cyclists will cost R40.00 and can be purchased at the Metrorail exhibition stand, Good Hope Centre, during the registration period (Thursday 8 – Saturday, 10 March 2012).

To plan your journey effectively visit or contact the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 for train time tables.

Please note the last two carriages of these trains are RESERVED for CYCLISTS.”



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  1. After 14 years living in CT, I took the train from CT to Simonstown for the first time ever last Saturday. I can honestly say that it’s not an exercise we will repeat any time soon. The trains are absolutely shocking, the service non-existent and we had to pay extra for our folding bikes, The trip came to nearly R100 for the 2 of us, so it’s probably cheaper to take the car.
    So happy we live this side of the mountain, and have a very decent MyCiti bus system and a even greater cycling path!

  2. I’ve been trying for a long time to find clarity on Metrorail’s bikes-on-board stance, and it’s really difficult. But being charged to take folding bikes on board is rather startling! I’ve mailed your comment (without your name!) to the relevant people at Metrorail, so let’s see what they have to say…

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