Johannesburg – On Saturday 14 March 2015, the Johannesburg Urban Cyclists Association (JUCA) will celebrate a first for the city: the launch of the first ever Johannesburg Commuter Bicycle Map.
The map shows safer, quieter and least hilly cycling routes through the City. Showing the new bicycle lanes built by the City, as well as those that will be built over the next year, the map also includes sites of interest, such as public swimming pools, markets and parks, and key public transport nodes (such as train stations). The aim of the map is to show that it is possible to cycle around Johannesburg, and to encourage people to try cycling as a transport option.
The map will be distributed for free at tourism agencies, cycling shops, universities, public offices and elsewhere. People can also request a copy of the map through the JUCA website.
The launch of the commuter map is a significant achievement and testimony to the power of partnership. First conceived of by a JUCA, the 100 kilometres of routes on the map were voluntarily tested by a number of experienced commuter cyclists, who gave of their time and energy to test-ride all the routes.
The map also includes journey time estimates. For example, to cycle from Westbury to the CBD, it takes 40 minutes there and 45 minutes back for a cyclist of average fitness and experience.
The production and printing of the map was made possible by sponsors, the University of the Witwatersrand and Levi Commuter, as well as the in-kind input of mapping and design expertise from Esri South Africa and The Content Bar respectively.
“For a community based organization this is a significant milestone”, said David Du Preez, Chairperson of JUCA. “We are very proud of this achievement, and believe that many commuter cyclists – existing and future – will find our map very useful. In the future we hope to develop an mobile digital app based on this map, in order to make it even more accessible.”
Anyone who has an interest in building a more liveable, sustainable and inclusive city through the promotion of commuter cycling is welcome to join JUCA at 300 Commissioner Street, at 16:00 on 14 March 2015 for the map launch.
Copies of the map will be distributed widely at the Cycle Jozi Week from 16-21 March.
Date: Saturday 14 March
Venue: 300 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg (outside Whippet Cycling Company, Maboneng)
All are welcome.
JUCA is a not-for profit organization set up in 2012 to help make Johannesburg a cycle-friendly city. JUCA is comprised of cycling activists who volunteer their time to work with the City of Johannesburg and other stakeholders to contribute to growing commuter cycling in the city. To find out more about the advocacy work of JUCA (or to get involved) visit www.juca.org.za.