Cycling in the City: Graham Wilson

Cycling in the City is a special Transport Month 2013 feature interviewing cyclists about their experiences as a cyclist in different communities and cities.

Name: Graham Wilson
Profession/Job/Title: Architect
Town: Johannesburg

1. In which areas do you cycle and why?
I cycle from my home in Bryanston to my office in Melrose Arch (13km) when the weather is good and I don’t have late afternoon meetings.

2. Which three things, can government do to help your cycling experience?
As I have a mountain bike, there are quite a lot of paths adjacent to the main roads. But there are pinch points where there is no emergency lane on a 3 lane ‘highway (William Nichol) It is in these positions, especially where the road crosses a deep gully/stream, where there is nowhere for a bicycle in heavy traffic. A separate path, or a lane would be wonderful.

3. What role can citizens play in promoting cycling and inspiring others to cycle?

Start cycling themselves. Assist in initiatives that look at provision of safe paths for cyclists. Ensure that workplaces have shower and change facilities, and storage facilities. Participate in  city-led initiatives. Ride responsibly. Wear reflective gear and lights.

4. Which 1 cool or innovative idea, with no budget constraints,  would you like to see in Johannesburg to support cycling and cyclists?
Provision for bicycles on Gautrain ; Gautrain Buses; metro buses (like in California) Cycle lanes or paths adjacent to main arterials – and markings on the road – possibly even raised divisions to stop Taxis using them. Make it law for all bikes to have bells/hooters. Have complete interconnected system of paths along all green/river areas – where it is generally flatter for riding

5. Why do you love cycling?

  • Keeps you fit
  • You have a much better connection to your everyday environment
  • You greet people and they greet you along the way
  • I’m saving the environment
  • I feel like a kid again!