Park where the grass is greener

2017-02-21 06:01
A prototype of an outdoor bicycle parking system, which is designed to look like blades of grass, has been launched on the Sea Point promenade.PHOTO: Jurie Senekal

A prototype of an outdoor bicycle parking system, which is designed to look like blades of grass, has been launched on the Sea Point promenade.PHOTO: Jurie Senekal

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A prototype of an outdoor bicycle parking system has been launched on the Sea Point promenade.

The system, which is designed to look like blades of grass, was installed through a partnership with property developer Blok, Future Cape Town and the City of Cape Town and launched on Thursday.

Named after the grass it resembles, the “Blade” project looks to “compliment the natural beauty of Cape Town whilst adding to the urban landscape”, Blok says in a ­statement.

The bicycle racks are cast in concrete and cater for bikes of all shapes and sizes. The 16 stainless steel cables are coated in green polyurethane and fitted with flexible nibs, making it appropriate for exposure to sea air.

Cyclists need only secure the frame of their bikes to one of the blades with a lock.

The parking is being donated as a way to improve the area and will have no branding displayed on it. While the promenade is cycle-friendly, there are few places to park a bicycle along the popular tourist stretch. Many frequented spots, such as play areas, do not have parking, the team found (“Cyclists park with a view”, People’s Post, 8 September 2015).

Jacques van Embden, co-founder of Blok, previously told People’s Post that bicycle parking at the Sea Point promenade was a necessity.

“The City has opened the promenade to walkers, runners, cyclists, skateboarders and more, which has attracted a diverse range of people. This influx of people has led to a large number of cyclists seeking a place to park their bicycles along the promenade,” he said.

The parking is not specifically aimed at serious cyclists but to encourage more families to use the promenade.

The system will be monitored to find out whether improvements are needed, then more systems in more locations along the promenade could be rolled out.

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