Gardens / V&A Waterfront Loop – 9.2km

Cycling between Gardens (Vredehoek and Oranjezicht), and the Waterfront is a breeze. Using mixture of dedicated cycle lanes and quieter roads, this route is perfect for either a fast paced commute or a more leisurely urban adventure. Along the way discover the city’s favorite bike friendly cafes, as well as interesting places to visit like the Company’s Garden, Iziko Museum, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the new Watershed craft precinct at the VnA Waterfront, which has its very own bicycle parking! (see the map)

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Cycling around the VnA Waterfront


Starting at the Gardens shopping centre the route runs down Buitenkant Street and through the CBD where it picks up the Bree Street cycle lane. There are many bike friendly cafes to visit in this area (see the map). At the bottom of Bree Street get onto the pedestrian bridge that runs over Buitengracht Road. This will bring you to the cycle lane that runs through the Waterfront! If you are looking for bicycle parking at the Waterfront, you will find it outside The Forum and the Watershed buildings and outside Entrance 1 of the Main building.(see the map).

Bicycle Parking outside the Forum, VnA Waterfront

Bicycle Parking outside Entrance 1, VnA Waterfront

The route back follows the cycle lane through the Waterfront and connects onto the Fanwalk cycleway which runs along Sommerset and Waterkant Road. At Bree Street head back along the cycle lane and then left into Wale Street. A nice detour for the return trip is along Goverment Avenue, which runs through the Company Gardens. Stop off to explore the Gardens or get your cultural fix at one of the many museums and galleries. Please note that unfortunately no cycling is allowed on Government Avenue as it is a pedestrian only area, you will need to dismount and push your bike through the gardens.

Exit the Company Gardens by turning left into Avenue Street (just after the Iziko Museum of South Africa) and follow the route back to the Gardens Shopping Centre.

The Company Gardens, South African National Gallery.

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