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Wheels turn on wide-scale upgrades

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Construction along several roads is set to take place in parts of Parkwood, Ottery, Lotus River, Grassy Park, Retreat, Lavender Hill, Steenberg and Seawinds. PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs
Construction along several roads is set to take place in parts of Parkwood, Ottery, Lotus River, Grassy Park, Retreat, Lavender Hill, Steenberg and Seawinds. PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

Upgrades to non-motorised transport facilities will commence in and around wards 67, 66, 65 and 110 over the next 15 months. This includes parts of Parkwood, Ottery, Lotus River, Grassy Park, Retreat, Lavender Hill, Steenberg and Seawinds.

Aimed at encouraging communities to make more use of non-motorised transport, the city-wide initiative commenced on Wednesday 18 August in Grassy Park and on Tuesday 3 August in the city centre, when the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works Daylin Mitchell took to the streets on a bicycle “in an effort to promote a car-free society and to observe motorist behaviour towards cyclists”.

According to the City, the aim of the upgrade to non-motorised transport facilities is to encourage non-motorised and convenient travel in safe environments. To achieve this, the City aims to ensure universal access and design carriageways for pedestrians and cyclists.

Ward 67 councillor Gerry Gordon says the construction is a welcome improvement.

She explains: “All these wards cross into one another and so it affects all of them. The construction will involve the upgrade of roads and sidewalks for those not using cars. Because it is non-motorised, the road is being widened, and there will be a cyclist lane, and that’s quite something – the fact they’re giving cyclists the opportunity to have a safe space.”

Construction is currently underway from Monday to Friday between 07:30 and 17:00.

The works include:

  • Walking lane construction;
  • construction to better accommodate vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians;
  • earthworks and verge levelling; and
  • implementation of hard and soft landscaping and improving the pedestrian environment;

The works will take place along a number of roads including:

  • Lake Road reserve between 7th and 8th Avenue;
  • Rooikrans Avenue reserve between Italian Road and Perth Road;
  • Zeekoe Road reserve between 5th Avenue and Fisherman’s Walk;
  • 2nd Avenue reserve between Lake Road and Old Strandfontein Road;
  • 3rd Avenue reserve between Lake Road and Old Strandfontein Road;
  • 4th Avenue reserve between Lake Road and Old Strandfontein Road;
  • Klip Road reserve between St Louis Way and Buck Road and/or Stanley Road;
  • 5th Avenue reserve between Atkins Road and Kudu Avenue;
  • Victoria Road reserve between Klip Road and 8th Avenue; and
  • Victoria Road reserve between 8th Avenue and Rooikrans Avenue.

The City advises that night, holiday and weekend work may be necessary at times, and that roads may be temporarily deviated or reduced to single lanes. Signage will be erected during the construction period to assist the public.

“These facilities are implemented to provide improved access, but residents can also look forward to an aesthetically pleasing environment, once completed, which will contribute to a sense of pride and place,” reads a City statement.

Gordon says the improvement of the environment could create an opportunity for walking buses to be launched in the communities where there currently are none.

“The walking bus isn’t in every community. They are made up of volunteers – teachers, parents, people who are unemployed – and they come and do that. It depends on safety and how many children are going to school by car or on foot,” she concludes.

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