New hiking, cycling rules issued for Table Mountain National Park

2016-11-14 16:35 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - A minimum of six new routes and trails will be unveiled in the greater Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) region at the start of summer this year. One route that's set to be a very popular one will be unveiled on Lion's Head above Camp's Bay, on the other side of the existing route.  

But along with the new routes and trails, a new set of rules or code of conduct has been signed into agreement by TMNP and various stakeholders on Friday, 11 November. 

The new routes and rules will be in line with the Environmental Management Programme (EMP) for Recreational Road Cycling and Mountain Biking in the park.  

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According to Mike Slayen, TMNP planning manager, the new additional routes and trails will become accessible at the start of summer, on 1 December 2016. 

He says the routes will fall within the following areas:

Cape Point
Cecelia Plantation
Lions Head (above Camps Bay)
Newlands (via Kirstenbosch) 
Signal Hill 
Tokai (via Silvermine)

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The revised Code of Conduct, as received from the TMNP Planning Department, requires that all persons cycling in the Park are required to adhere to the code of conduct which comprises two sections: Compliance and Etiquette.
The objective of the code of conduct is to ensure compliance with Park rules, regulations and the EMP, to inculcate courtesy and consideration towards other Park users and visitors, to practice self-policing and to develop a respect for, and reduce the impacts on the globally and nationally unique natural and cultural resources of the Park, the new Code of Conduct states.  

The code of conduct will guide activities of cyclists in the TMNP as follows:


All cyclists must carry a valid permit to cycle in the TMNP in the form of a ‘My Activity Permit’ or other approved permit or day permit
Cyclists must remain on approved, designated routes (see accompanying maps) at all times, except in the event of an emergency
Cycling on designated routes is subject to any special management conditions that may apply
Routes that have been temporarily or permanently closed must not be used
There shall be no widening of routes or taking shortcuts
Cyclists must not develop new routes
All Park regulations must be adhered to
All Park notices and Park signage and any instruction from a SANParks official must be complied with
Cyclists travelling downhill must yield to cyclists headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signposted for one-way or downhill only traffic
Cyclists must not disturb animals
Cyclists must yield / give way to all vehicles
Cyclists must ride in single file on all tar roads
Cyclists need to use appropriate safety equipment as required by law eg wear helmets


Cyclists should yield / give way appropriately to other route users and give them appropriate warning by greeting / signal or using a bike bell
Use special care when passing horses or dogs
Cyclists should ensure that they have the relevant emergency telephone numbers on their mobile phones
Cyclists must retain control of their cycles at all times
Cyclists should avoid unnecessary braking and skidding
Cyclists must try to anticipate other trail users especially when riding around corners
Cyclists should make each interaction with other trail users a courteous one
Cyclists should strive to be self-sufficient, keeping their equipment in good repair and carrying the necessary tools and clothing for changes in the weather or other conditions
Cyclists should ride in single file when approaching or being approached by vehicles on management tracks
Cyclists should inform others of their proposed routes and ride timing for reference in the event of emergencies

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A key aspect of the EMP is an on-going communication with, and education of, cyclists and hikers in the Park.

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