by Simon Capstick-Dale

Cycling tourism in Western Cape

More than just a means of transport

Cycling tourism in Western Cape
Cycling tourism in Western Cape

Tourism, Economic Development and Finance MEC, Alan Winde is currently in talks with the Dutch Embassy to conduct an economic impact study on the benefits of cycling for the Western Cape, as he believes the Western Cape could become one of the world’s favourite cycling destinations.

The growth of Cape Town's cycling culture is an important driver of responsible tourism. The Western Cape annually hosts two international cycle races that contribute greatly to the province’s economy – the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour and the ABSA Cape Epic, which both attract cyclists to the city in their thousands.

“Aside from leaving a smaller carbon footprint, in terms of a tourism experience, bicycles are a better conduit for absorbing the local culture as you are able to move at your own pace and to stop and chat wherever you like,” said Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du-Toit-Helmbold.

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