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Sea Point Promenade ‘pedestrian only’ proposal ‘off the table’

Sea Point Promenade, along the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town, will remain open for recreational activities, including cycling.

The City’s Urban Mobility Directorate received nearly 2 000 comments on proposals for the recreational use of the Sea Point Promenade during its public participation process which took place between the 10th of March and the 10th of April 2022.

According to Councillor Rob Quintas, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, the majority of submissions did not agree with the proposal to ban cyclists and motorised devices from the promenade.

The report on the outcome of the public participation process, and the recommendations for the management of the promenade going forward, served before Sub council 16 today (19th September 2022) with the Urban Mobility Directorate recommending that bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades be permitted on the promenade; the use of e-bikes and e-scooters also be permitted, subject to the approval by the City’s Recreation and Parks Department who manages public open spaces – including the promenade – in the Cape Town metro; and the sidewalk along Beach Road, adjacent to the promenade, be exclusively used by pedestrians.

Importantly, going forward, the City’s Recreation and Parks Department is responsible for managing the Sea Point Promenade.

The report advises the department to consider the requirements and conditions for the use of e-bikes, scooters, and e-scooters; that the department undertakes an awareness campaign to inform users that the promenade is a shared space and to install new updated signage to inform the public of the permitted uses and restrictions on the promenade.

The public participation process in March 2022 was as a result of concerns submitted to Sub council 16 from local residents about the growing conflict between pedestrians and those on fast moving bicycles and motorised devices over the past few years.