Dedicated cycle paths already occur in all 3 of our major cities as well as Richard's Bay and the township of Khayelitsha.
Definition: Bike lanes are defined as “a portion of the roadway which has been designated by striping, signing and pavement marking for the preferential or exclusive use by cyclists”. Bicycle lanes make the movements of both motorists and cyclists more predictable and as with other bicycle facilities there are advantages to all road users in striping them on the roadway.
The Petitions Aim: To promote road safety conducive to ALL road users by promoting the installation of cycle paths along the R61 from Hibberdene to Port Edward. How many more lives need to be taken before those who design and create our roads are held accountable? It is the people's right to request road safety, especially from those monopolizing their maintenance, design and construction.
Cycle Paradise is a GREEN and environmentally friendly initiative. We do not support the destruction or disturbance of existing natural habitats.
This initiative should be treated as a development project and should be split into construction phases over a number of years, starting with a “trial strip” from Umzumbe to Port Shepstone.
What about the money honey?
The South African government has allocated R584 billion for NEW projects within S.A over the next 14 years
+/- R30 – 36 billion of this has been allocated to the UGU district
Stand alone to this, R1 trillion has been allocated to infrastructure upgrades
It’s time to change South Coast history!
22 Good Reasons to Implement Cycle Lanes on our Coast
THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL impact can not be denied
- Individual Opportunities for Safer Travel - an infrastructure that is safe for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
- Job Creation – A massive project such as this would sustain a local workforce for a number of years as well as a lifetime of maintenance work. Brining opportunities to an impoverished area.
- Reducing the number of deaths that occur on a weekly, sometimes daily basis due to our current inadequate facilities.
- Breaking down social barriers in a country already fraught with racial tension by the inclusion of all cultures and age groups, including Senior Citizens.
- Our South Coast (Hibiscus Coast) will Join the Global Environmental Initiativeto Lower our Carbon Footprint.
- Giving Citizens a Cost Effective Alternative to Public Transport.
- A Local Governmental Alternative to a High Quality Transportation System. At present we have an inadequate, very basic local transportation system that is not suitable for all age groups and all cultures. It is relatively unsafe due to lack of lay-bye facilities and lack of sufficient policing.
- More Equitable Living for Low Income Earners – Our fuel costs are expensive. As we are classed as a non-metropolitan area we require all supermarket supplies etc to be driven in, pushing our prices of food and resources considerably higher than other parts of the country. This puts more strain on each household, in an already impoverished area.
- Upgrading our infrastructure in this way will free up more resources for public use as well as attracting NEW business by a perceived better quality of life. This will invariably improve personal finances in each household.
- The attraction of NEW, high-tech businesses with a marked correlation in overall wealth.
- Enhance the opportunity for EXISTING Local Business Growth, with a correlation in overall wealth.
- Increase in local property values.
- Better Mental and Emotional Health as residents will be able to move freely and safely in their community without feeling as though they are taking their lives into their own hands every time they use our roads.
- An enhanced Quality of Life for Women – Crime is statistically high in South Africa. Women are raised to be vigilant at all times and wherever possible not to venture out at night on their own. A project such as this will drastically improve the life of women in the community by allowing them to venture out in numbers onto a safe bicycle or pedestrian/joggers walk way.
- Promoting a healthy lifestyle - Better Physical Health by providing an opportunity for greater mobility.
- Less strain on the public health system as fewer Overweight and Obese Citizens.
- Increased Sense of Community – In our urban areas, generally speaking it is not socially acceptable for people to venture out of their homes, unless in a vehicle. There is an exception to this if it is clear that you are attempting to exercise. With adequate infrastructures in place, this will alter the general thinking pattern and open a door to creating social change.
- Less Congested Roads – Being an area predominantly reliant on tourism, holiday times on theSouthCoast cause our inadequate roads to become highly congested. Even out of season we experience bottle necks of congestion. It is an existing issue that needs to be addressed.
- Tourism Spin off – The Hibiscus Coast as a Quality Road Biking Destination.
- Unifying the Hibiscus coast with a single, continuous demarcated cycle strip
- Better Air Quality
- Quieter streets lead to better air quality, a slower pace of global warming and cleaner surface and ground water.