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Table Mountain trail network for bikers, after long push

Cape Town's mountain biking community has rallied together to establish a brand new trail network at the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).

Outdoor enthusiasts are now granted access to using existing footpaths across TMNP on their mountain bikes.

Pedal Power Association joined forces with Amarider, Tokai MTB, Table Mountain Bikers to form the Table Mountain MTB Forum to lobby for the cause.

The advocates have also been granted additional trails which will run from Sea Point, to Signal Hill and through to Lion's Head.

There will be dedicated tracks that will exist as transit routes around the mountain, off of the tar roads, explains Pedal Power CEO Robert Vogel.

We've entered into a period of trail-sharing. The existing footpaths have not been altered to suit cyclists. We've merely asked that cyslists be allowed to use them.

Robert Vogel, CEO of the Pedal Power Association

Pedal Power Association is a public benefit cycling organisation that is approaching their 40 year anniversary next year.

Vogel says the advocacy work for mountain biking interests has been going on for several years.

It's really been a combined effort. Big and small organisations. As well as individual input.

Robert Vogel, CEO of the Pedal Power Association

Vogel advises that trail maps have been posted on the SanParks and Pedal Power Association websites, tracking the new routes.

He says the biking fraternity will self-regulate and is aware of the major privilege that should not be abused.

Riders must ensure that they have valid activity permits where needed.

Listen to the Robert Vogel talks about mixed use the new routes and existing routes:


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