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City opens safe cycle route as alternative to R27

The City has constructed a cycle path between Paarden Eiland and Milnerton, which offers cyclists a safer alternative to the R27.

As a temporary solution before the Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system becomes operational, the cycle lane stretches from Marine Drive to Race Course Road, following alternative routes, and smaller, quieter ‘back’ roads, so cyclists can avoid the heavily congested R27. For a complete map, click here.

A new IRT lane dedicated to non-motorised transport (NMT), such as cycling, walking and rollerblading, is currently under construction along the R27 from the Bayside shopping centre to the city centre at the Civic Centre. This NMT traffic lane is being constructed along the pavement on the coast side of the road, parallel to the red IRT vehicle lanes and forms part of the City’s IRT system. The NMT lane will be separated from the vehicle lanes and is scheduled for completion in May next year.

Until this route is completed cyclists are urged to make use of this alternative cycling route, which is safer than cycling with regular traffic along the R27.

The route stretches from Marine Drive in Paarden Eiland to Race Course Road in Milnerton. It begins along the Paarden Eiland Service Road, where cyclists can find the cycle path as they turn right into Vrystaat Road. The cycle path then follows the following route:

Vrystaat Road – Justin Street – Kings Road – Wemyss Street - Egret Street – Kettley Way – over the Rail Bridge – across Boundary Road – Union Road – Pienaar Road until it reaches Race Course Road.

The path is clearly signposted and necessary adjustments, such as drop-kerbs, have been made to ensure the route is cycle-friendly.
Martin Pollack
© City of Cape Town, 2016