DA is for and against cycle lanes

06 October 2016 - 08:53 By APHIWE DEKLERK

The DA in Johannesburg has scrapped multimillion-rand bicycle lanes, but DA-led Cape Town is peddling cycling lane expansion for the next 15 years. The City of Cape Town yesterday unveiled plans to get more residents on bicycles.But local ANC leader Xolani Sotashe said: "Bicycle lanes can't be a priority while the issue of transport infrastructure to poor communities has not been addressed."I don't think people from Khayelitsha are interested in bicycle lanes."Mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron said the plan was to raise bike trips from 1% to 8% of commuting by 2032. A draft strategy is due in eight weeks."Recreational cycling has a huge following in Cape Town. We would like to see the same support for cycling as a mode of commuter transport, in particular for trips of 10km or less. We need motorists to accept cycling as a legitimate form of transport," he said.Joburg DA mayor Herman Mashaba last month scrapped the ANC's R70-million cycle lanes project. EFF leader Julius Malema hit at the ANC for pushing the project with people in Alexandra still in shacks.

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