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March 23, 2011

Cape Town cycle map

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A beautiful view of the mountains and ocean for cyclists tackling Chapman’s Peak Drive. Photo courtesy coda

Have you thought about leaving behind a smaller carbon footprint during your travels in and around the Mother City? Or maybe you’d like to take in its stunning scenery from a different perspective? Either way, the newest addition to the city’s bicycle revolution makes travelling in the saddle a whole lot easier – Cape Town’s first cycle map.

The map was developed by blogger and editor of Mobility magazine Gail Jennings, who makes the 12km commute from her home in Noordhoek to her Westlake workplace in the Southern Suburbs by bicycle. Besides making life easier for cyclists, the map was also made to encourage cycling as a means of transport and to promote proper safety on the roads.

Having gathered all the relevant data after travelling different back routes and main roads in the city using her GPS (geographic positioning system), Jennings enlisted the help of a photographer, designer and other cyclists in compiling the map.

The map details popular, safe cycle routes in the city, the rights of cyclists, routes in the Southern Suburbs and Southern Peninsula, including bike lanes in Fish Hoek, Newlands and Rondebosch, as well as the MyCiTi route in the Milnerton area.

You can now order the map online, and Jennings has plans under way to develop a map of cycle routes in the Cape Winelands.

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