CORRECTION: Swartz calls for cycling lanes in Windhoek

15 Apr 2015 19:00pm

WINDHOEK, 15 APR (NAMPA) – Swapo-Party Member of Parliament (MP), Sophia Swartz has called on the City of Windhoek (CoW) to include cycling lanes in the planning of roads as a standard amenity.
Speaking in the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday, Swartz said cycling lanes should not be an “after the fact luxury add-on”, but should in fact be a basic planning mechanism for the provision of cleaner and healthier modes of transport.
“Windhoek as a capital city is probably one of the very few cities where bicycle lanes are not a common trend. Apart from providing alternative transportation means, bicycle lanes are excellent means to promote good health and encourage people to cycle,” she said.
The Swapo MP said it is surprising that policymakers have not pushed the agenda strongly in the past.
She noted that a solution would be to have all new roads make provision for cyclists.
“Compared to other cities, we certainly have space for such provisions, but we only lack the drive to implement it. I personally want total peace of mind to send my child to school on a bicycle, in a safe and friendly environment,” she said.
Swartz then suggested that the National Cycling Federation be consulted for ideas on how policymakers can promote cycling in Windhoek, and what infrastructure solutions are available to get Windhoek residents cycling.
“Promoting cycling as a popular mode of transport also has numerous entrepreneurial advantages and cycling repair shops will be a more responsible and commercially feasible business proposition than shebeens or liquor shops,” she said.
She also commended the Windhoek City Police for setting an example as to how cycling can improve the deliverance of policing services in Windhoek.