New pedestrian walkways will line the city centre from mid-August 2020, as part of the City of Cape Town’s new project. The project, which is planned to be completed within two years, aims to make the city safer for pedestrians as well as provide easier access to those with special needs.

The project forms part of the City’s Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) master plan, and will cost R40-million, according to a statement on Facebook.

“The current phase of this NMT project will focus on a total of 34 streets in the CBD ranging from St John’s Street all the way to Old Marine Drive. Many pedestrians walk to work once they have arrived in the CBD using public transport,” said Mayco Member for Transport, Felicity Purchase.

The City wants to encourage residents to walk more often where possible. Walking more not only has health benefits, but is also more environmentally friendly. Avoiding public transport is also a safer option, as it will lower the risk of contracting COVID-19.

“I believe the new walkways will provide commuters with enough comfort to make this their preferred mode of commuting while doing business, attending school or exploring attractions in town,” Purchase added.

The following areas will be under construction during the project, and the City has appealed to pedestrians and drivers for their patience:

– St John’s Street

– Plein Street

– Hope Street

– Roeland Street

– Drury Street

– Constitution Street

– Tennant Street

– Caledon Street

– Darling Street

– Keizersgracht

– Sir Lowry’s Street

– Oswald Pirow Street

– Buitenkant Street

– Canterbury Street

– Upper Canterbury Street

– Lower Plein Street

– Parliament Street

– Barrack Street

– Parade Street

– Harrington Street

– De Villiers Street

– Bloemhof Street

– Bouquet Street

– McKenzie Street

– Mount Street

– Primrose Street

– Vernon Street

– De Roos Street

– Corporation Street

– Old Marine Drive

– Commercial Street

– Albertus Street

– Stirling Street

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Article written by

Anita Froneman