Motorists get flogged in cycle lane

2015-07-14 06:00
Part of the bicycle lane in Albert Road in Woodstock where the City of Cape Town will be fining motorists disobeying the green lanes meant to be used by cyclists only.


Part of the bicycle lane in Albert Road in Woodstock where the City of Cape Town will be fining motorists disobeying the green lanes meant to be used by cyclists only. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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The City of Cape Town has sent a stern warning to motorists who continue to drive or park on the new demarcated green lanes dedicated to cyclists in Albert Road, Woodstock.

After cyclists complained about motorists parking or driving on their bicycle lanes (People’s Post, “Cyclists hit the brakes”, 7 July), the City has vowed to tow and fine cars that are found on the green lanes.

The City’s traffic service will help in towing away any vehicle that is parked in the cycle lanes along Albert Road and streets in the city centre. Apart from having to pay a release fee for the impounded car, the owner will be fined as well.

The City says in the next weeks a measure such as road studs, well-known as Vuka bumps as well as bollards, will be put in place to indicate the exclusive use of the lanes for cyclists.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says for this to work they need cyclists to work with them.

“We do, however, also need our cyclists’ assistance with this campaign. We would like them to take ownership of the cycle lanes and to be our eyes and ears on the road. I therefore want to appeal to the cycling fraternity to please report transgressors to the City. I can assure them that the City’s traffic service will take action and enforce all illegal parking and stopping in the cycle lanes,” says Herron.

The city’s roads are heavily congested and the purpose of this strategy is to lure motorists away from private cars and to convince them to rather cycle or walk to where they need to be when it is practical to do so.

“The more cyclists who make use of the cycling lanes that are being provided by the City, the better the chances are that cycling will become an accepted norm – and not the exception – of transport in Cape Town for visitors and residents alike. This will create awareness among other road users, and motorists in particular, that cyclists are also rightful road users and not a nuisance. It has become clear, however, that the City will have to step in to improve cyclists’ safety along the cycle lanes. As such, we will be implementing some measures to ensure that motorists stay out of the green cycle lanes at all times,” says Herron.

For the past five financial years, the City’s transport authority has spent about R300m on non-motorised transport projects, such as installing cycle lanes and walking paths.

Cyclists wishing to report any illegal activity on the cycle lane may do so to the safety and security directorate on 021 596 1999. Cyclists can also report transgressors to the transport information centre on 0800 65 64 63

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