Monday, July 1, 2013

Cape Town goes Green

Following the successful trial of green painted cycle lanes in a section of Bree Street, the City of Cape Town has made a decision to demarcate all cycle lanes that are in roadways by painting them green. This colourisation helps to promote safety and awareness of other modes of transport such as vehicles and pedestrians. The outcomes of the trial period included the following: Vehicles generally refrained from parking on the green surface, thereby blocking the cycle lane (which had been a problem in the past);The surface is clearly defined and therefore can be enforceable should vehicles illegally park across the cycle lane;The green paint provides a skid resistance and durable surface for cyclists;The application is labour intensive therefore Expanded Public Works Programme workers can be employed when new cycle projects are implemented;Durability of the surface reduces regular maintenance requirements.  With the city-wide non-motorised transport (NMT) infrastructure programme being rolled out, more colourised cycle paths will be implemented. Read more here.

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