Jozi Cycle Map 2015
Our thoughts on the launch of the Joburg’s first ever commuter cycle map
This week is Joburg Cycle week and what a better way to kick it off than with the first ever Johannesburg Commuter Cycling Map?
On Saturday the 14th March JUCA launched this map, a project two years in the making. At the event JUCA presented the beautiful fold-up map to many who were in attendance at the Whippet Cycling Co. in Maboneng.
The map shows the existing city built cycle lanes, the ones planned for construction, and many kilometers of cycle-friendly routes to ride safely between Johannesburg and its surrounding suburbs. These routes were mapped and tested by the members of the group and although they took time to find the correct routes they did call for feedback from the users of the map.
The speakers at the event were: JUCA chairperson David du Preez, JUCA member Rehana Moosajee, and the Gauteng MEC for Roads & Transport, Ismal Vadi.
Ismail Vadi commended the efforts of JUCA for creating this map and said this was a great initiative that would be very important for Johannesburg. Vadi says that as government policy they have recommended to all the cities in Gauteng that they should provide 50kms of cycling and pedestrian walkways within the next 5 years. Joburg has taken the lead on this and started implementing dedicated cycle lanes in the inner city, with the city of Ekurhuleni. Vadi did however touch on the problems we still face with regards to the cycle lanes such as vehicles, especially government vehicles, that park in the cycle lanes making them impossible to use for cyclists. Lastly he called on everybody to support Joburg cycle week and take part in the Freedom ride taking place on Sunday the 22nd of March.
The maps will be available for free at many spots around the city in the next days, for more information on this map or how to get your hands on one visit JUCA’s website.
We support this initiative and we too applaud JUCA on creating this map that will hopefully be the stepping stone to creating a more cycle friendly city. However we still see many obstacles to a commuter cycling-friendly city, for more insight into this see our post ‘Commuter Cycling in Joburg: An uphill battle?’
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