Revised Environmental Management Programme (EMP) for cycling in the TMNP signed off

SANParks, the Table Mountain Mountain Bike (TMMTB) Forum, the Pedal Power Association and SANBI have over the past year been revising the 2002 Mountain Biking Environmental Management Programme (EMP) for the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). An inclusive stakeholder process was undertaken and a draft of the revised EMP was released for public comment in April 2016.

The purpose of revising the EMP was to update the current programme, confirm existing cycling routes and propose additional routes. The new EMP also emphasizes safety - more eyes and ears on the trails. The EMP will also include an updated Code of Conduct which comprises cycling etiquette and compliance to ensure safe, friendly and environmentally responsible cycling in TMNP. Additional routes identified in the EMP for cycling will be opened to the public from 1 December 2016 on a "trail sharing" basis with other recreational users. In addition, some of the additional trails will open later as they first require repairs to be made ready for biking.

 

TMNP and the Forum are pleased to announce that the final revised EMP will be officially signed off and a full list of the additional mountain biking routes will be released on Friday, 11 November. The revised EMP will be available to the public on the SANParks and biking websites on 01 December 2016. The additional “trail sharing” routes will also be officially opened to the public on 01 December 2016 and introduce an exciting new aspect to recreational activities in the Park.

 

SANParks and its partners have taken a proactive approach in opening more trails since the closure of Upper Tokai and would also like to thank the public for their input into the EMP revision process. TMNP would also like to remind user groups to adhere to the newly established code of conduct to ensure that the environment and other recreational users are taken into account. Some guidelines include staying on dedicated routes, no littering and respecting wildlife. As before, the TMNP level 3 Activity Permit will be required to ride all biking trails in the Park. The permits are available at the SANParks Wildcard Offices in Tokai or at any Cape Town Tourism info centre.

 

The additional biking trails have been identified at a number of different locations and include routes around the iconic Signal Hill and Lions Head, tracks above Camps Bay and the Newlands via Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Plantation transit route to Constantia Nek. Additional trails will also be available at Deer Park below Tafelberg Road, Groote Schuur Estate (ideal for family and recreational riders) and a Tokai to Silvermine linkage route.

 

Park Manager, Lesley-Ann Meyer, said the review was long overdue and that the Park has been working with the widely representative TMMTB Forum to produce a robust and practical EMP to guide and manage both mountain biking and road cycling in the Park into the future. Ms. Meyer is encouraged by the identification of additional cycling routes to complement the existing network and she thanked the Forum and Park staff for the hard work in getting the new routes into the draft EMP for public comment.

 

Meurant Botha, chairperson of the TMMTB Forum, stated that the Forum has made strong inputs to update and improve the EMP and to introduce new cycling routes which are proposed to extend the current network of cycling routes in the Park and improve linkages in the network.

 

“The concept of an off road cycle track from Constantia Nek to Kloofnek is such a great idea and has been spoken about for many years. Linking Cecilia Forest with Newlands Forest through Kirstenbosch was critical so we trust that the route, which is well above the Garden and follows an existing service road, will be willing shared by all users”, said Philip Le Roux of SANBI.

 

The revised EMP becomes effective from 1 December 2016 when most of the additional routes will be sign posted and opened to public use.






28 Comments

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Nov 11 2016 01:14

Woooooooohoooooo!!!

Shebeen, Nov 11 2016 01:17

 

The revised EMP becomes effective from 1 December 2016 when most of the additional routes will be sign posted and opened to public use.

 

 

 

 

in english - 20 days till we ride tokai again?!

Headshot, Nov 11 2016 01:19

Yes, its taken years but its here at last. It still leaves us with Tokai closed and TMNP still not prepared to plow money back into the trails. The fight continues...

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Nov 11 2016 01:20

in english - 20 days till we ride tokai again?!


We're trying to get clarification on this, or at least get them to open Tokai at the same time. For the moment not, just referring to the other now legal trails.

dirtypot, Nov 11 2016 01:29

Will there be a new set of maps showing new and allowed trails or is it as per the EMP proposal?

iRide, Nov 11 2016 01:35

Absolutely massive news! Thank you, thank you thank you to all the people behind the scenes that paid for and facilitated this process!

 

Now to all cyclists-please don't become your own worst enemy. Let us do this right so that we don't lose this privilege or give anyone ANY ammunition against us!

 

Get your permit now, be courteous (remember most hikers will not realise that we are allowed on some trails now so please be polite in educating them), report suspicious activity to TMNP/SAPS (who knows the best number to phone?), do NOT go and race down trails-have fun but realise how scary fast mtbers seem to walkers/ the elderly. Slow down well before any other users, greet them (maybe pack a flask of tea to share with them?! Show them we are outside for the same love of nature as them!

 

Just be nice!

PET3RS, Nov 11 2016 02:00

Been waiting years for this, well done to all those involved.

BikeGenie, Nov 11 2016 03:14

Thanks to all involved. I'll take a whiskey filled hip flask along for the aged walkers.

BikeGenie, Nov 11 2016 03:14

Oh! And some rusks....definitely rusks.

Shebeen, Nov 11 2016 03:20

We're trying to get clarification on this, or at least get them to open Tokai at the same time. For the moment not, just referring to the other now legal trails.

which for the sake of clarity are........

Eddy Gordo, Nov 11 2016 03:37

Hmm, time for a yearly. It is still from date of purchase a year, if I am not mistaken

Eddy Gordo, Nov 11 2016 03:41

and now just waiting on the routes to be released

Surv0MTB, Nov 11 2016 03:43

Oh this is good news, 

dirtypot, Nov 11 2016 03:55

Hmm, time for a yearly. It is still from date of purchase a year, if I am not mistaken

 

Correct

Bloukrans, Nov 11 2016 05:24

Thanks to all involved!!! :clap:  :clap: :clap:  

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Nov 11 2016 07:29

which for the sake of clarity are........


Including cork tree trail and several others. I would peruse the EMP itself, but I'm en route to Sedgefield. Without my bike!!!

Eddy Gordo, Nov 11 2016 07:33

Including cork tree trail and several others. I would peruse the EMP itself, but I'm en route to Sedgefield. Without my bike!!!

SACRILEGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

garden route trail park dude, one extra day and then home

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Nov 12 2016 06:51

SACRILEGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

garden route trail park dude, one extra day and then home


Can't... Mate's wedding today and we're going for lunch then dinner then home tomorrow morning... I wish, bro.

Eddy Gordo, Nov 12 2016 08:36

We should plan a weekend up there :thumbup:

Beefy, Nov 13 2016 03:14

The Glen baby!

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Nov 13 2016 05:02

The Glen baby!

Yesssss

Hairy, Nov 13 2016 06:03

and the R500.......

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Nov 13 2016 06:09

and the R500.......


Glen is included in the EMP. as of 1st it will be a legal trail

Edge540, Nov 13 2016 06:11

Awesome news. Huge thanks to all concerned [emoji106]


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Alouette3, Nov 14 2016 02:33

Great news, at last!

 

Are there any maps or official docs from Parks side? Besides the proposal document?