‘B.I.K.E.’ spells ‘park here’

2015-07-21 06:00
Ward councillor Brett Herron has unveiled new bicycle racks in Salt River.


Ward councillor Brett Herron has unveiled new bicycle racks in Salt River. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Ward 57 councillor Brett Herron unveiled a new, artistically designed bicycle rack at the corner of Durham Avenue and Cecil Road in Salt River on Thursday last week.

The artsy bicycle rack came about as part of Cape Town’s world design capital year of projects and Herron organised the installation in Salt River as part of his ward allocation. He says this follows numerous requests from cyclists in his ward to have a safe place to park their bicycles.

The project promotes public art as well as bicycle culture. The cycle rack – the first of its kind in the area – is not the usual U-shaped rack. Two other places have these public art racks installed, one at Searle Street and the other at Keizersgracht.

The rack spells the word “bike” and can handle eight to 10 bicycles at one time.

Herron says this is a way to encourage people to cycle instead of drive.

“We want people to use bicycles as this will help decrease the congestion on our roads. This was also the only sustainable way to reduce congestion on our roads. Positive start“Through this initiative we are encouraging people to cycle knowing that they have a safe place to leave their bicycles. I’m hoping that people will use them a lot. I have noticed a lot of interest from cyclists about the racks so it’s a positive start for them,” he says.

Nils Hansen, a cyclist, says the racks are a good step in the right direction: “We have to start somewhere. It has been well received and we are happy that there is a place to park our bicycles properly. It will improve as the years go by, but what makes us happy is that something is being done about cycling. We will get things right as we go.”

David Malan, another cyclist, says they are happy about the initiative but the City always misses the spot.

“What they always get wrong is that cyclists love their coffee. So they should try and put the racks closer to a coffee shop, because when I’m having my coffee I want to see my bike. That is why most cyclists end up locking their bicycles on the poles so that they will be in full view. We know that it’s a work in progress and we appreciate that and hope it will improve with time. It makes us happy, though, that we have a proper safe place to park our bikes,” says Malan.

Another installation of bicycle racks is planned.

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