Cyclists park with a view

2015-09-08 06:00

Cyclists may soon be able to park on the promenade so that they can stay and picnic or play for longer.

A project to install bicycle parking along the Sea Point Promenade has been proposed by Future Cape Town and a local developer, Blok.

Representatives from Future Cape Town presented the proposal at a recent ward committee meeting.

The parking is being donated as a way to improve the area and will have no branding displayed on it, while Future Cape Town facilitates the project on the developer’s behalf.

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.

Jacques van Embden, co-founder of Blok, says the company is based in Sea Point and they “regularly see bicycle enthusiasts struggling to find a safe place to park their bicycles”.

“When we sat down with Future Cape Town we brainstormed how to encourage a cycling city. The first solution is to offer safe and accessible parking for bicycles. Our goal is to work in collaboration with the City of Cape Town and use the resources available, whether it be design, planning or construction, to create something that will contribute to the urban fabric of Sea Point,” he says.

At the Sea Point Promenade, as an example, it is apparent that bicycle parking is a necessity, Van Embden says.

“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 and currently this doesn’t exist,” he says.

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

The sites for the installation of bicycle parking are currently being investigated, with the team looking at spots which are currently popular with cyclists. The intention is to create parking that will blend with the existing infrastructure.

Green Point Ratepayers’ Association spokesperson Luke Stevens says there are a number of areas along the promenade, such as play parks, the outdoor gym, the putt-putt and the miniature train, which do not have dedicated bicycle parking.

“Having somewhere close to each to quickly secure bicycles should encourage more people to cycle to the beachfront. There are currently remarkably few poles or other suitable structures. MyCiti bus stops ordinarily have a waist-height galvanised bar for waiting passengers to lean against; these can also provide useful and simple bicycle parking options but for some reason many of the stops along the promenade were built without them,” he says.

The Sea Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay Ratepayers’ Association has welcomed the proposal.
“It is necessary to have a safe space to park bicycles along the promenade and other locations in the area. They need to blend in and be practical. This will encourage more people to be out and about on bicycles in the area where they can stop off for lunch, swim or to go to the beach,” says Association coordinator Toni van Eyssen.

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