There can be few cities that offer their residents as much as Cape Town does – from our iconic mountains to our sunny beaches, and hundreds of things to see and do. No wonder then that millions of people from around the world also put experiencing Cape Town on their bucket lists.
With all the festivals and events on the summer schedule, things can get a little crowded on our roads, but no worry: MyCiTi, Cape Town’s safe, reliable, convenient bus systems, is the perfect way to join the fun without having to worry about traffic or where to park.
A highlight of the Cape calendar is the world’s biggest timed cycle race, the Cape Town Cycle Tour which has been held annually for 41 years. With thousands of local and visiting riders, all with their families and friends to support them, the route is always lined with supporters – much like a mini Tour de France.
Luckily for cyclists, some of the main MyCiTi routes intersect with more than 60 kms of cycle lanes along the West Coast in particular, as far as Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand, and other popular cyclist training routes, such as along the Atlantic Seaboard. What’s more, unlike many other public transport systems, there’s the advantage that bicycles are welcome on MyCiTi buses – free of charge.
Apart from getting to and from the start and finish, you can choose MyCiTi to explore the city’s historic heart – from Greenmarket Square to the Grand Parade, the Bo-Kaap, Castle and District Six and the Company’s Gardens.
Unwind in the entertainment zones of Long and Kloof streets and Green Point. Visit the V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk in Century City, two of Africa’s premier shopping and leisure destinations. Cool down in sparkling waters at Camps Bay, the Sea Point Pavilion and Bloubergstrand. Kitesurf in Big Bay or take a bike along the cycle paths.
For more information on routes and schedules use the handy trip planner and fare calculator.
STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER
Cyclists are vulnerable on our roads. Please take care:
- Slow down and pass wide – there must always be 1.5 metres or at least half a car’s width between your vehicle and the cyclist.
- Windy weather or uneven road surfaces could result in sudden movements by cyclists. Watch out for this.
- Use your indicators at circles and every time you pass a cyclist.
- Watch for riders on the inside when you turn left – don’t cut them off.
- Right-turning cyclists need space and time.
- Park considerately and always look for cyclists before opening a car door.
- Don’t drive in lanes reserved for bicycles.
- Dim your headlights when you see a cyclist – don’t blind them.
- A bicycle is also a vehicle and has equal right to the road.
We also call on all cyclists to obey the rules of the road, stopping at stop streets and red lights and using clear hand signals. Never ride abreast. Show courtesy to other road users, including pedestrians.