Earlier this year, the City’s Urban Mobility Directorate received nearly 2 000 comments on proposals for the recreational use of one of the Sea Point Promenade during a public participation invitation that took place from 10 March to 10 April 2022.
This comes after the public participation process in March 2022 was submitted to Subcouncil 16 by local residents about the growing conflict between pedestrians and those on fast-moving bicycles and motorised devices over the past few years.
Comments continued stated that the promenade should remain open, especially to those who are walking or jogging, or cycling. However, the majority of comments did not agree with the proposal to ban cyclists and motorised devices from the promenade.
‘The outcome of the public participation process and the City’s recommendations on the way forward confirm the eager to collaborate with residents and to take their comments and proposals seriously,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.
The Urban Mobility Directorate recommended the following:
- That bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades are permitted on the promenade
- The use of e-bikes and e-scooters is also permitted, subject to the approval of the City’s Recreation and Parks Department which manages public open spaces including the promenade in the Cape Town metro.
Councillor Van der Ross added that there’s been an increase in the number of visitors to the promenade and an increase in bicycles and motorised devices, the City will have to consider awareness campaigns to inform and educate all users about the rules of shared spaces.