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A thread consolidating all NMT projects in the CBD and surrounds. Including pedestrian bridges, improved cycle lane access, the fan mile and associated planning, and other NMT interventions.
 

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Somerset Road NMT Projects

Non Motorised Transport (NMT) Upgrades to Somerset Road and Main Road, Green Point:

This project will provide a pedestrian and bicycle passage along the northern side (sea side) of Somerset Road from Alfred Street to Three Anchor Bay Road and on the eastern side (library side) of Three Anchor Bay Road from Somerset Road to Beach Road.


It will also include the resurfacing of the sidewalk replacing asphalt premix with brick paving on the southern side (mountain side) of Somerset Road from Buitengragt to York Road.



The remainder area between Somerset Road and Western Boulevard from Gallow’s Hill to just before the Green Point circle and from Varney’s Road to the play ground will be resurfaced to serve as a formalised parking area.

The southern sidewalk (Protea Hotel side) of Ebenezer Road will be widened and resurfaced with block paving. This will require a shift in the roadway of Ebenezer Road to the north (Gallow’s Hill side).



The northern side (Gallow’s Hill side) sidewalk will consist of a block paved pedestrian passage. Bicycle lanes will be provided in both directions linking Somerset Road NMT with the Waterfront.
 

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Thanks Mo - If I look at how the cycle ways are implemented in Germany I can only think that it would work wonders around the flat areas of CT - EG, Station and around to Camps bay .. even beyond ;)
 

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Oh please.

Feel free to do your job as moderator but I've seen countless threads with nothing but 1 update or an odd render and nothing else open for months if not years. Then there's all the other rubbish threads cluttering the main section. If this thread is such a pain, move it to the shebeen but the updates i.e. plans, renders, photos will not stop.

This thread will deal specifically with NMT projects and is not simply about the central city developments in terms of buildings.

This thread is for

1. Buitengracht Bridge (renders and updates)
2. Waterkant Bridge (renders and updates)
3. Fan Mile (renders and updats)
4. Waterfront Fan Mile link (renders and updates)
5. CBD bicycle lanes
6. Station NMT projects
7. IRT NMT projects
and others
 

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Oh please.

Feel free to do your job as moderator but I've seen countless threads with nothing but 1 update or an odd render and nothing else open for months if not years. Then there's all the other rubbish threads cluttering the main section. If this thread is such a pain, move it to the shebeen but the updates i.e. plans, renders, photos will not stop.

This thread will deal specifically with NMT projects and is not simply about the central city developments in terms of buildings.

This thread is for

1. Buitengracht Bridge (renders and updates)
2. Waterkant Bridge (renders and updates)
3. Fan Mile (renders and updats)
4. Waterfront Fan Mile link (renders and updates)
5. CBD bicycle lanes
6. Station NMT projects
7. IRT NMT projects
and others
If that is what this is about, then keep it that way, but as a viewer of these threads they are all looking very simliar in conversation and content.

And no need to get all grouchy....mate
 

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any renderings or plans of pedestrian bridges over Buitengracht?
Bridging Transport Problems



Cape Town is currently being transformed by a number of transportation projects that are readying the City for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Vela VKE Consulting Engineers’ Cape Town office is playing its part on a number of fronts.

The Structures Division is involved in developing two new pedestrian bridges that will provide safe access from the CBD to the new 68 000-seater stadium being built on Green Point Common. The first of these structures is a 101m long 4m wide structural steel bridge that crosses the busy Buitengracht arterial as it enters the city.

As the bridge is situated in a busy urban environment a simple but bold beam structure was considered appropriate. Because of the limited space for the approach ramps, the vertical rise of the bridge had to be limited and up-stand beams were the only option.

However, the need to provide multiple access points onto the structure meant that an up-stand beam was only possible on one side. A design using a fabricated steel “torsion” box was therefore developed to handle the asymmetrical support condition. The result is a unique deck section.

The design team includes GAPP Architects and the bridge incorporates some unusual features such as LED lighting in the handrails units, lifts for disabled access and a laminated glass weather screen.

The site of the bridge has set the design team some interesting challenges. Working next to two of the city’s biggest hotels has meant that noise disruption must be kept to a minimum. All of the bridge’s concrete and steel components will therefore be fabricated off-site and erected during the hotels’ low season between April and October. One side of the bridge will in fact be founded on one hotel’s underground parking garage. Reducing the weight of the structure wherever possible was therefore critical. For this reason a light steel deck structure was the preferred option.

Construction of this project is scheduled for completion in December 2009. A second pedestrian bridge on the fan mile to the stadium will begin construction in July 2009.










 

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Pedal Power NMT Update
March 2009

PPA Vice-chairman Elton Davids has been meeting with officials from the City of Cape Town on various Non-Motorised Transport issues. He reports the following (March 2009)
NMT Report on issues pertaining to the City of Cape Town and PPA:

Following the awareness ride on December, Counselor Thompson responded with a memo of understanding. As a result of that, the following have transpired:

·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Road signage – The CoCT has agreed to pilot signage in four sectors of the City. I’m currently compiling two areas per zone from (commuting) feedback received from our members. Proposals for temporary signage along the R27 are already being circulated. There is also debate about which signage will be used. There are 5 different signs that need to be decided from. The Signage meeting will take place next week to decide which is legal and not too distracting for motorists.

·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]A workshop will be held on 18 March hosted by the City with relevant stakeholders including PPA, BEN, traffic engineers, maintenance, sport and recreation departments and other external organizations. This workshop will focus specifically on cycling safety. There will be another NMT workshop later for all forms of NMT. The focus of the workshop is: tangible plans for the next 6 months, 2010 and 2012.

·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]All traffic depts will also be running safety campaigns during the next few weeks in all four sectors where pedestrians and cyclists have high road usage. PPA has pledged donating 100 helmets and lights to fit on commuters’ bikes. The first one will take place on 3 March 2009 in Fish Hoek.

·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]We are commenting on draft plans for bicycle lanes in terms of designs and surfaces

·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]We are advising the City on the type of bike lock-up facilities to be erected at all City offices

·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Car-free days are planned to return J We are working with a few organizations in this regard. The proposed plan is to have local CBD’s be declared car free zones on Sundays and on the last Sunday, the City CBD becomes a car free fun day. Metrorail is included in this discussion to allow bicycles on trains on Sundays

·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]The NMT forum and the City have bid to host a NMT Conference in October to coincide with Transport month. All these Car free days will culminate at this conference.

Update on CoCT constructions:
·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Bicycle lock-up facilities for staff at the Civic Centre with shower facilities in the parking basement

·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Integrated Rapid Transport system will run from City CBD to Atlantis, Queens Beach and Airport and construction have started. There will be a bike workshop and lock-up facilities at most stations

·[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]14 NMT paths are in the process of being completed and should be all done by December 2009
 

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Ok, two questions:

Why does the pedestrian bridge only go halfway?

Does the inclusion of those translucent sections of road bridge indicate that they do intend to complete the freeway connections?
 

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Thanks Mo - This Thread is wonderful as an indication that pedestrian and cyclist interest are addressed in the city as a lot of people over here (Germany) have just that question - will I be knocked over by a car (...due to numerous articles about cyclists being killed or injured on the roads in CT)
 
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