Bike lanes planned for Kommetjie road, Fish Hoek: this is what we think…

Dear City of Cape Town

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed traffic plan and bicycle infrastructure for Kommetjie arterial. It’s good to see that despite the challenges, the City of Cape Town is at least on this stretch of road able to act on its vision of ensuring that NMT (non-motorised transport) is part of the transport system, that public space is shared between all users and that everyone has access to urban opportunities and mobility.

A number of comments:
1. Lack of delineators / physical protection for cyclists
A painted bicycle lane does not provide any protection for the cyclist, and simply offers motorists an ‘extra’ lane or opportunities for double parking – witness this on Bree Street, CBD, for example. This can be overcome either by designing ‘parking protected bicycle lanes’ (a strategy favoured by Complete Street Design in the USA), where the cross-section is configured bicycle lane > parallel parking > mixed traffic; or by including a physical delineator to separate vehicles and non-motorised traffic.
Further, these lanes should be sited well away from the ‘door zone’ of parked vehicles.

2. Coherence of network
Much of the bicycle traffic on Kommetjie road arises in Masiphumelele or Ocean View, and continues toward Fish Hoek Station. Another popular cyclist destination (recreational riders and families) is Fish Hoek Beach.
The bicycle lane should therefore begin at these origins (where the road has no safe shoulder), and end at these destinations, rather than begin and end where it is currently indicated.

3. Current routes
At present, many cyclists prefer to ride on the quieter roads parallel to Kommetjie road, such as Nelson Road. Road speeds and road class here do not merit bicycle infrastructure or painted lanes, as these are already safe routes, and funding would best be directed elsewhere (ie, Kommetjie road between Ocean View, Masiphumelele and the ‘four-way-stop’).

4. Width of bicycle lanes
Residents have voiced much dissatisfaction with the proposed loss of private parking. The proposed bicycle lanes are 1.5 m, although 1.2 m would still meet national guidelines. This would enable the needs of all current road users to be met. Although the City does not wish to encourage the use of private vehicles, until such time as a quality public transport service reaches the South Peninsula, people will continue to rely to some extent on private vehicles.

5. Hazards
Ensure that there are no hazards in the form of drain covers and other street furniture in the bicycle lanes. Where the bicycle lanes abut the gutters, there should be a smooth transition between the asphalt and the gutter surface. Any longitudinal protrusions should be avoided on the lanes.

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Comments

  1. glentyler says:

    Hi Ride Your City,

    Thanks for the work you do to make bicycle commuting safer and even more fun, these comments being an example – rational, level headed and practical.

    Glen

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