Bike routes a big success

2017-02-21 06:01

Since reopening, Upper Tokai trails have seen over 4 000 mountain bikers.

The trails were opened to mountain bikers in December last year, after finalising the cycling and mountain biking environmental management programme for the Table Mountain National Park. The revised programme confirmed existing cycling routes, proposed extra routes and updated the code of conduct. The new routes opened to cyclists are shared with other recreational users.

A Sanparks official says the routes have proven to be incredibly popular with mountain bikers, especially the routes around Signal Hill and Lion’s Head, the tracks above Camps Bay and the Newlands via Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Plantation transit route to Constantia Nek.

“Upper Tokai users quickly understood and accepted the terms under which Tokai reopened and there has been a positive response to the revamped trails especially on social media,” says Sanparks area manager Gavin Bell.

Pedal Power Association’s Rob Vogel says the responses to the new routes have been overwhelming.

“Some initial concerns were raised by other user groups. However, there has been a general acceptance of cyclists on the shared trails and everyone seems to be getting along nicely.”

Philip le Roux of the National Biodiversity Institute says the decision to allow the mountain bike transit route through Kirstenbosch was a great success and long overdue.

“The level of cooperation and appreciation displayed by the vast majority of cyclists has been overwhelming. The designated route is strictly adhered to and walkers are treated with respect and in a friendly manner. It is fantastic that we are able to share Kirstenbosch with another responsible user group,” says Le Roux.

The revised programme is available at www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/activities.php#emp.


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