New Table Mountain cycling routes sees trail-sharing success

2017-02-17 10:29
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New and exciting cycling routes proposed to the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) have been a success thus far. The additional routes were proposed after SANParks, The Table Mountain Bike and SANBI successfully revised the Cycling and Mountain biking Environmental Management Programme (EMP) at the end of 2016.  

READ: New hiking, cycling rules issued for Table Mountain National Park

These routes were put to the test when they opened to the public on 1 December 2016. It was a “trail sharing” basis with other recreational users such as hikers and dog-walkers.

Overall the public is responding well to the new routes says, Rob Vogel, PPA’s representative on the Forum, despite the initial concerns raised by other groups. There has been a general acceptance of sharing the routes with cyclists.

                    New cycling routes opened at Table Mountain National Park 

“The reopened trail in upper Tokai for example has been received with much praise from riders upon entering the Park,’ says Park Manager, Lesley Ann-Meyer.  

The Upper Tokai is open to cyclist on weekends and there has been a positive response to the improved trail according to Gavin Bell, TMNP Area Manager.

SEE: Upper Tokai section of Table Mountain Park set to re-open

Popular routes are Signal Hill and Lions Head, the tracks above Camps Bay and the Newlands via Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Plantation transit route to Constantia Nek.

The revised EMP also included existing cycling routes and an updated Code of Conduct which included cycling etiquette and compliance, to ensure safe, friendly and environmentally responsible cycling in TMNP.

                  Route information map that includes the latest route additions

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