Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cape Town's Non-Motorized Transport Infrastructure Expands

As part of its Integrated Rapid Transit plans, the city of Cape Town is installing bike and pedestrian lanes throughout the city, a system officials say will be ready in time for the World Cup.

Although there will be no bicycle access in Government Avenue before the World Cup, repairs and upgrades to the paving in the area will make this route more pedestrian-friendly.

The construction of an NMT route along Old Marine Drive outbound has started, but has been put on hold.

The NMT routes from Cape Town Station to the North Wharf via Thibault Square and upgrades to Shortmarket Street are expected to start soon.

Projects already under construction include NMT upgrades to Somerset and Main Roads in Green Point, the construction of a pedestrian bridge across Buitengracht at Coen Steytler Avenue, and NMT improvements to Waterkant from Adderley Streets.

Waterkant Street will be part of the official Fan Walk linking Green Point and the stadium preceinct with Cape Town station and the inner city.

Cape Town prepares for non-motorised transport revolution
Independent Online
March 16, 2010