The MyCiTi system is expanding across the peninsula, bringing reliable and effective public transport to all parts of Cape Town. To inform the public about construction plans for the Vredehoek, the CBD and Atlantic Seaboard areas, the City of Cape Town will host a series of MyCiTi information sessions.
One of the next phases of the system’s development involves the smaller 9m buses that will operate in and around residential areas. Bus stops are planned that will allow level boarding into these smaller vehicles, on routes that will travel through residential areas.
At the information sessions, engineers will be present to explain the precise nature of the plans for the specific neighbourhoods. The public is encouraged to attend these sessions.
Information sessions will be hosted on the following dates:
Queens Road and surrounds – Monday 23 July 2012 from 15:30 to 19:30, at the Peninsula Hotel
Before MyCiTi services are launched in the Sea Point area, it is proposed that Queens Road between Victoria Road and Kloof Road become a one-way street up towards the mountain. It is also proposed that Solomons Road is changed to a one-way road down towards the sea from Regent Road to the Piazza da Luz shopping centre parking entrance. This is to accommodate MyCiTi buses travelling along the road and avoid congestion. The section of Queens Road between Victoria Road and Beach Road will remain open for traffic in both directions. Vehicles wishing to travel between Kloof Road and Victoria and Regent Roads towards the sea can use Fir Avenue, Kings Road or Kei Apple Road.
Long, Kloof and Rheede streets and surrounds – Wednesday 25 July 2012 from 15:30 to 19:30, at the Cape Town Baptist Church Hall, 23 Kloof Street
The introduction of MyCiTi services in the Gardens area, specifically along Kloof Street, provides the opportunity to create general traffic improvements in the area, while facilitating bus flow and creating a better, safer streetscape for people and vehicles alike. In order to achieve this, the following interventions are proposed:
- Banning the right turn movement from Kloof Street onto Orange Street
- Removal of on-street parking on Kloof Street between Orange Street and Wilkinson Street, and along Rheede Street
Vredehoek Open Day – Thursday 26 July 2012 from 15:30 to 19:30 at Nazareth House
Before MyCiTi services are launched in the Vredehoek area, it is proposed that Davenport Road, between Exner Avenue and St James Street, and St James Street, between Davenport Road and Derry Street become one-way streets up. This is to accommodate MyCiTi buses travelling along the road and avoid congestion. The roads in question are very narrow and it is very difficult for two cars to pass each other, particularly due to the parked cars in this narrow road.
The alternative solution would be to ban all parking on these roads, but given the nature of the area – being high car ownership, high density residential blocks with little off-street parking provision - this will be undesirable to residents.
The remaining sections of both Davenport Road and St James Street will remain open for traffic in both directions.
For more information on the MyCiTi project, visit www.capetown.gov.za/myciti, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (toll free) 0800 65 64 63.