BLOK - Designing Cities for Cycling
24 MARCH 2017
SummaryKnown as the ultimate eco-friendly vehicle, bicycles have the potential to play a significant role in providing for daily exercise in order to improve one’s health and fitness. They also offer a practical alternative to mainstream modes of transport, as the use of bicycles provide a solution to congestion and fuel emission in the form increased eco mobility in the city.
Known as the ultimate eco-friendly vehicle, bicycles have the potential to play a significant role in providing for daily exercise in order to improve one’s health and fitness. They also offer a practical alternative to mainstream modes of transport, as the use of bicycles provide a solution to congestion and fuel emission in the form increased eco mobility in the city.
Urban form plays a significant role in whether cycling is convenient and enjoyable, but it also determines to what extent cycling is reasonably possible. Cities, like the Netherlands, are embracing these eco- friendly lifestyles and has seen the benefits of promoting cycling through the use of urban design.
Here in Cape Town urban property development brand, Blok, initiated a bicycle parking design competition to provide a system on the Sea Point Promenade. The winning design, Blade, resembles blades of grass reaching up from the ground and enables cyclists to simply secure the frame of their bikes to one of the 16 blades with a lock.
Many Capetonians in this area are avid cyclers and by giving them a safe place to store their bicycles, they have peace of mind that their rides are secure while they exercise on the Promenade and explore the surrounding restaurants, putt-putt course and shops.
The urban environment impacts urban cycling, but the opposite is also true. Bicycles save space, emit no air pollution, produce minimal sound, contribute to healthy lifestyles, and can reduce social isolation.
Blok is an urban property developer that operates in Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard and CBD. Thoughtfully designed spaces echo their design ethos of “four walls make an apartment, but not necessarily a home”; instead Blok has chosen to deliver apartments with considered spaces such as home offices, fireplaces, daybeds and bars; in the aim of building modern urban homes that are thoughtfully designed.
Beyond the front door, Blok has undertaken to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the neighbourhoods in which it develops. By getting involved in Crime ‘n Grime initiatives as well as upliftment projects that benefit not only Blok owners, but their neighbours.
With sales to date of R925m+, as well as successful urban intervention projects including the installation of the Blade bicycle parking system on the Sea Point Promenade and Thornhill Park revamp in Greenpoint opposite their SEVENONT development, amongst others; Blok is no longer the newcomer in the property scene, but a serious contender that is making waves with their urban focus and community ethos.
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