COCT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS FOR TCT CYCLING STRATEGY

The City of Cape Town has compiled a Draft Cycling Strategy which is a component of the broader Non-motorised Transport Strategy. Recognising that cycling is an increasingly important and growing part of the City’s transport solution, the bicycle is rapidly becoming a favoured mode of transport in liveable cities.

This allows for the provision of low cost, environmentally friendly and effective options for mobility and accessibility. The aim is to encourage and grow Utility Cycling to increase the use of bicycles from the current 1% to 8% by 2030, which will contribute to the reduction of commuter costs, traffic congestion and carbon emissions.

In terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, the public and interested parties or groups are given the opportunity to submit comments, input or recommendations on the Draft Cycling Strategy to the municipality from 23 January 2017 to 21 February 2017.

Comments input and recommendations may be submitted by:

Fax: 086 576 0147

E-mail: Makhotso.Mathoma@capetown.gov.za

Written submission: Transport Planning Branch, 18th Floor,

Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town 8000 (For attention: Makhotso Mathoma)

The City’s Public Participation Unit will assist people who cannot read or write, people living with disabilities and people from disadvantaged groups who are unable to submit written comments, to have their comments or input recorded and submitted to the City. Contact the following persons:

For general public participation:

Margaret Isaacs on 021 400 1766 or margaret.isaacs@capetown.gov.za

For disadvantaged groups:

Zandile Mahlasela on 021 400 5501 or zandile.mahlasela@capetown.gov.za

The draft strategy is available for viewing on www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay. Copies will be made available at subcouncil offices and

City libraries.

Contact Teuns Kok on teuns.kok@capetown.gov.za for further information.

Night Ride Somerbosch Thursday 12 January @ 19:00

Night ride tomorrow at Somerbosch, 12 January 2017. We will start at 19:00 (I presume the FireFlies are expecting the smoke to fill the air and therefore ensuring a darker evening earlier?) Charge your lights and come join in the fun. Free to Wannabee members with 2016/17 boards/permits. Other riders can get a night-ride permit at R30 from me. Bring some moolah for wine/beer/soda afterwards whilst we enjoy the full moon.

Reciprocity deal with Helderberg Farm Trails

Herewith more clarity about the reciprocity deal with Helderberg Farm Trails.

In about two weeks’ time, you will be able to register on the Wannabees Cycling Club’s website for membership to both the Club and the Helderberg Farm MTB trails at a reduced fee of R800 for Adult and Senior members, and R250 for Junior members.

You will receive a Wannabees MTB board with a Helderberg Farm trail sticker on it, which allows access to both trails.

Please note that Helderberg Farm will not be giving discounted membership at their entrance. This special deal is only for members who register online on the Wannabees Cycling Club’s website.

Christhonie (our IT guy) is also busy implementing a facility for members who have already registered with the Wannabees Cycling Club, to do a “top-up” to add the Helderberg Farm Trails access to their existing membership. You will be required to present your existing MTB board to the Wannabees club secretary to have the reciprocity sticker affixed.

As soon as the Club’s back-end systems are ready, the Club will notify all by means of Facebook, the Club’s website, as well as in a Club Newsflash.

In the interim it is advisable to those members interested in dual membership, to hold back on full registration at Helderberg Farm trails till the Wannabees system is ready to process the reciprocity membership. As an interim measure, it is recommended to access Helderberg Trails by means of their regular day-permit system.

Holiday permits

We are selling holiday permits for friends, family and visitors to the area @ R250, valid until the end of January 2017. To our Wannabee members, if you see the MTB boards with the bright pink section, please make our visitors feel welcome. Offer them some route suggestions and please assist them on our trails. You can contact me on secretary.wannabees@gmail.com for more information. These will not be on sale during the last week in December since I will then be out of town.

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Meeting: Strand Bike Park. 13 December @ 7:00

Please come and support the establishment of a positive community initiative this Tuesday evening. We need all to understand that the development of the open park behind the Goedehoop Shopping Complex will not only improve the community’s use of open spaces, but also allow our children a safer and healthier lifestyle and sense of belonging. The trails will be built and maintained in similar fashion as the Wannabee Somerset West Trails. For more info contact Andre Westraat on 0823397851 or email: westraat@mweb.co.za.

It is behind the Spar on Broadway Boulevard. Go past the Mall, continue on the R44, and then, between the Spar and the Stand Animal Hospital, turn left into Da Gama street. You will find the park right behind the Spar.
98 Da Gama St, Strand, 7140, South Africa
Latitude: -34.100185 | Longitude: 18.831929

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Calendar

I would like to populate the calendar on the Wannabees website. May I please ask all callers/admins of our WhatsApp groups to send me the times/days/meeting point  that you cycle? I will only populate it as from the second week in January, since you might not all ride now during the holiday season, but would like to get the information from you as soon as possible. Please drop me a mail: Secretary.wannabees@gmail.com.

Taking a break

Please note that the club’s 2016 membership expires on 31 December 2016.

Club membership registrations for 2017 are available online at:  http://wannabees.co.za/membership/

Trail faeries and back-office elves also need to take a short break after a hectic year in the club mill. New registrations will NOT be processed during the last week of December 2016.

Successful membership registrations, i.e. funds reflect in the club’s bank account will be processed up until mid-morning of the 23rd of December 2016. Membership packs will still be delivered by Santa by noon that same day. (We had to bribe the elves with a few ginger biscuits to achieve this goal, but it is considered a small price to pay to keep our good cyclists content).

Please note that the sale of holiday permits will also not be available while the back-office elves are at play during the last week of December.

Normal registration order processing will commence again on the 2nd of January 2017. Allow a day or two for the processing, assembling and delivery of the new 2017 membership packs. If you are not in possession of your new MTB board by beginning January 2017 yet, please do obtain a day permit before venturing out on the club’s trails.

Day permits are be available for those without current MTB boards at the following places:

  • Campus Solutions @ Waterstone Village Centre,
  • Somerbosch wines on the R44
  • Lord Charles Hotel – reception desk

Please plan ahead and register as soon as possible to ensure the best available service.

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Be careful of irrigation pipes on the trails

Please be careful of irrigation pipes on the trails. There is currently an irrigation pipe across the trail just after you exit the first bit of single track alongside the Steynsrus Rd. Cyclists cannot see this until you are on it and it did cause some harm this morning.

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