SANParks, the Table Mountain Mountain Bike (TMMTB) Forum, and SANBI (Kirstenbosch) successfully launched a revised Cycling and Mountain Biking Environmental Management Programme (EMP) for the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) towards the end of 2016.
The revised EMP confirmed existing cycling routes, proposed additional routes and updated the Code of Conduct which comprised of cycling etiquette and compliance, to ensure safe, friendly and environmentally responsible cycling in TMNP.
More importantly, SANParks identified additional routes in the EMP for cycling. These routes were opened to the public on 1 December 2016 on a “trail sharing” basis with other recreational users. It has proven to be incredibly popular with mountain bikers especially the routes around the Signal Hill and Lions Head, the tracks above Camps Bay and the Newlands via Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Plantation transit route to Constantia Nek. With trail sharing being introduced on these routes as elsewhere in the city (e.g. Constantia greenbelts), the Forum aimed to address some of the challenging comments from other Park users, especially from hikers and dog walkers.
“The level of cooperation and appreciation displayed by the vast majority of cyclists has been overwhelming. The designated route is strictly adhered to and walkers are treated with respect and in a friendly manner,” said Philip Le Roux of SANBI.
“Upper Tokai is open to cyclists on weekends and since the re-opening over 4000 mountain bikers have already used the Tokai trails. Users quickly understood and accepted the terms under which Tokai reopened and there has been a positive response to the revamped trails especially on social media,” said Gavin Bell, TMNP Area Manager.