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The “racist” cycle lanes Tony Ehrenreich failed to see…




In a recent article, Bulelani Cornelius Mfaco-kaMsimango,writes the following about Tony Ehrenreich’s pre-occupation with the recently launched “racist” cycle lanes up the West Coast:

Tony Ehrenreich (then) cries corruption when the DA-governed City of Cape Town builds bicycle lanes in former “white areas” and says why not build them in the poor communities. Cannot help but to laugh because that means Tony Ehrenreich does not drive around in the poor communities he claims to care for. If he did drive around them, he would have seen the lanes in Nyanga and Delft.

Tony Ehrenreich’s obsession with “racist” cycle lanes up the West Coast illustrates perhaps just how out of touch he is with the NMT initiative by the City of Cape Town. Sure, the roll out of NMT is not perfect, and some parts are rolled out indepedently of the IRT system, but the eventual target is close to 400km of cycle and pedestrian lanes across the city, and a challenging start is better than no start at all.

According to a media release by the City of Cape Town;

Currently projects in areas such as Mfuleni, Mitchells Plain, Retreat, Guguletu, Blackheath, Dunoon and Atlantis are in detailed design phase and will be implemented as soon as they are finalised.  The project implementation will be focussing on improving the accessibility, mobility and safety of pedestrians and cyclists in poorer areas of the city.

The 15km NMT lane along the R27 that was officially launched on Tuesday (Feb 1, 2011) is not the first such lane to be opened in the city.

Recently completed NMT infrastructure in the Athlone, Gugulethu, Nyanga and Khayelitsha areas were officially launched during three events in October 2010:

  • Wednesday 20 October 2010, Athlone area (Sub-councils 15 and 17).  Pedestrian and cycle ways along Hazel and Bosduif Roads and the Bhunga Bridge widening for NMT linkage across the N2 (Athlone-Langa linkage).
  • Thursday 21 October 2010, Gugulethu and Nyanga areas (Sub-councils 11 and 14).  Pedestrian and cycle ways Emms Drive, Big Lotus River canal and NY1.
  • Saturday 23 October 2010, Khayelitsha area (Sub-councils 9 and 10).  Pedestrian and cycle ways along Lwandle Road, Spine Road, Pama Road and Walter Sisulu Road.
  • Areas that we have already implemented NMT projects in include: Strand/Nomzamo (PGWC), Khayelitsha, Philippi, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Heideveld, Gatesville/Bridgetown (Athlone), Langa, Mowbray, Rondebosch, West Coast R27, Blaauberg, Kommetjie and others.
  • NMT lanes are also being built all over the Cape Town CBD, to link up with the West Coast/inner city (phase1) part of the IRT system.
  •  The R27 cycle lane that is parallel to the red bus lanes from Bayside Mall into the city centre is part of the IRT system that is aimed at serving residents of Milnerton, Marconi Beam, Jo Slovo Park, Dunoon, Doornbach and eventually Atlantis. In these areas along the West Coast, unlike on the Cape Flats, there are no trains at all.

Let’s have a look at some of these projects;

Klipfontein Corridor NMT Projects


Symphony Way, Delft


Other NMT Projects


Petunia Road

Strand Main Road


Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing


Bicycle/Pedestrian Lanes and Signgage


Non-motorized improvements


Bicycle Parking


Pedestrian Bridge


Pedestrian routes