This has to be one of Cape Town’s most scenic commutes and a popular route among city’s road cyclists and tourists! The route starts in Hout Bay and hugs the Atlantic Seaboard all the way through to Seapoint where it connects to the cycleway that runs along the Greenpoint Fan Walk into the CBD.
The route follows Victoria Drive through the village of Hout Bay. A popular destination for cyclists out on training rides, Hout Bay has numerous bike friendly cafes – well worth visiting for a pre ride snack or coffee (see the map).
After a steep climb out of Hout Bay up Suikerbossie hill, it’s all downhill cruising to the city. The road has a large shoulder with plenty of spots to stop off and enjoy the spectacular views of mountains, sea and city.
If you you are taking a scenic ride, it is worth stopping off at one of the city’s hidden gems, the Oudekraal Beach. This marine reserve is part of the Table Mountain National Park area, and has a beautiful little beach and quiet cove for an icy dip. You can park you bicycle at the entrance car park (lock it to the railings) and walk down to the beach.
From Ouderkraal, the route winds downhill passing the famous Twelve Apostles hotel. Look out for seals and whales which can be spotted off the coast especially during Spring. The wide shoulder ends as you enter Bakoven and Camps Bay, and the section through Clifton and Bantry Bay can be tricky, with narrow roads and parked cars – so stay alert. These popular coastal destinations are filled with great cafes and beautiful beaches to stop off and explore.
Once you reach Seapoint you can get onto the traffic-free tarred cycleway that runs along Beach Road, parallel to the Promenade.
At Three Anchor bay cross over Beach Road and follow the paved cycleway until the Seapoint Library, where it joins onto the traffic-free cycleway that runs from Seapoint through Greenpoint (along the Fan Walk) to the CBD.
The cycleway ends at Chiappini Street. Here you will need to cross over Sommerset road to connect into Waterkant Street cycleway. If the traffic is particulary busy you can do a quick detour around the block to bring you out a traffic light (which make crossing easier). Alternatively pull off and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing.
The cycle lane continues along Waterkant Street, though Prestwich Memorial and crossing over Buitengracht Street via a dedicated bicycle crossing.
From here the route continues down Waterkant Street cycleway connecting to the green cycle lane that runs along Bree Street. The Waterkant area has become a hub for bike friendly cafes and businesses (see the map), a worthy reward at the end of a challenging commute.
Photo credits @njclelland