We help you cycle to work better | Western Cape Government

We help you cycle to work better

(Western Cape Government)

cycle safety

Cycling is a popular activity in the Western Cape.  If you don’t own a bicycle, companies like Up Cycles in Cape Town allow you to rent one for a short ride and return it when you’re done. Up Cycles is a 110% Green Flagship project belonging to a network of Flagship organisations.

Whether you’re cycling for sport, recreation or for your daily commute to work, the rules of the road apply:

  • You are not allowed to carry a person, animal or object which obstructs your view.
  • You may not cycle on a freeway.
  • You must wear a helmet which fits properly and fasten the chin straps properly.
  • If a portion of a public road has been set aside for bicycles, you are not allowed to ride on any other portion of this road.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.

Visit Arrive Alive’s website for the full list of rules of the road for cyclists.
Read about Up Cycles bicycle rental.

Be safe and on time

If you’re planning to cycle to work, here are a few tips to get you to work safely and on time:

  • You will be riding in peak hour traffic. Work this additional factor into your expected travelling time to avoid any unnecessary rush.
  • If you are riding when it’s dark or misty, make sure your lights are on, both front and back.
  • Wear bright clothing and reflective gear for maximum visibility.
  • Wear the proper cycling gear to and from work, including a helmet. Have spare gear available at the office just in case. When it’s raining wear protective gear such as a jacket, cycling cap, gloves and overshoes.
  • Don’t forget to secure your bike using a proper bike lock.
  • Be on the lookout for distracted pedestrians and motorists who might behave in unexpected ways.
  • Don’t use earphones when cycling so that you can hear what is going on around you. You should be able to use all your senses.

Find more commuting tips for cycling to work on bicyclesource.com

Better non-motorised transport in the Western Cape

cycle lane

The Department of Transport and Public Works is working closely with municipalities in the Western Cape to create better conditions for non-motorised transport (NMT) users, including cyclists. The City of Cape Town’s Draft Cycling Strategy proposes that cycling routes must be:

  • Safe.
  • Secure.
  • Direct.
  • Comfortable.
  • Attractive.

Read more about the City’s cycling interventions in the Draft Cycling Strategy summary.

We’ve included research and proposed interventions in our Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP) formerly known as the Provincial Public Transport Institutional Framework (PPTIF).

Our planned NMT interventions include:

  • Shared NMT routes which can be used by pedestrians and cyclists with enough space for bicycles moving in opposite directions to pass each other safely.
  • Reduced speed limits in urban centres and in areas of high NMT activity and accident hot spots.
  • Safer NMT facilities and interventions on roads with significant NMT use.
  • Stricter enforcement of the rights of pedestrian and cyclists.
  • Pedestrian priority or shared-space interventions in CBDs, low-income areas and other places with high pedestrian activity.


We’ve already started to create dedicated space for cyclists and pedestrians in Stellenbosch. Our roadworks project between the R44 and R310 on Annandale Road includes the widening of the surfaced shoulders. The width of lanes (3,70 m) and surfaced shoulders (2,00 m) will safely accommodate cyclists.

Perks of cycling

If you’re thinking about swopping your car for another mode to get to work, consider cycling:

  • It’s better for the environment.
  • You won’t spend money on fuel.
  • It’s a great workout.
  • You won’t stress out getting stuck in traffic or looking for parking.
  • If you’re living in the City of Cape Town, bicycles are allowed on the MyCITI bus if you get tired or need to get somewhere in a hurry.

View more benefits of cycling on Cyclingweekly.com

The content on this page was last updated on 23 August 2017