The construction of cycle lanes was one of the best things that the City did with my rates money. It was with dismay that I read Lynn Coetzee’s letter in which she calls for the City to give back the lanes to Woodstock and Salt River businesses.
South Africans are obsessed with owning a car. This while the rest of the world is realising what damage motor vehicles are causing, not only to the planet but to humans and animals.
Most South Africans believe the car is the supreme tool for personal mobility. To Coetzee, customers in cars represent profit and that is all that matters.
For years she had no interest in downtown areas like Woodstock and Salt River until it offered her a quick buck. And now the whole world has to bend over in order for her to make her quick buck.
She cites Cape Town’s crime rate as a reason why cycling as a form of non-motorised commuter transport will not work in this beautiful city. Perhaps she should ponder the fact that as long as her kind screams for more money at the expense of those she would like to disappear from her places of profit, crime will follow, pursue and bring not only her but all of us down.
The City is in the process of reviewing its cycling policy. One of my contributions is going to be a similar suggestion that is currently being mooted in England that people who cycle to work should receive a 250 pound a year tax break. The reason for this break, according to proponents, is because of the health benefits as well as the increased productivity that cycling effects.