Cycling lane under way

The City of Cape Town plans to finish building a cycling lane between Big Bay and Melkbosstrand by the end of September.

The 5.85km route is part of the city-wide plan to turn Cape Town into a pedestrian- and cycling-friendly city.

In a statement, the City said it had received many requests for the cycling lane as the route was popular over weekends, on public holidays and in the early morning.

Suzette Little, the mayoral committee member for area north, said the City had considered cyclist safety and the impact the lane would have on the environment, among other things, before going ahead with the project.

“The lane will benefit all users of this route, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in that it will create a safer environment for all,” she said.

A kerb will separate the 3m-wide lane from the road, as it runs alongside Otto Du Plessis Drive (M14) and the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve.

Ms Little said no road closures were anticipated but the Derdesteen parking area had been closed to the public to accommodate a site camp.

“With the new cycle lane, getting to the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve will be easier, safer, and more fun,” said Ms Little.