This is one of Johannesburg’s most prominent greenbelts, starting on Melville Koppies in the south, and ending in Paulshof in the north. From south to north, the Braamfontein Spruit traverses the Emmarentia, Parkhurst, Craighall, Riverclub, Bryanston and Rivonia suburbs.
Virtually the entire ride is along singletrack footpaths, next to the Spruit, except where tar roads must be crossed or where palisade security fences have been erected.
Due to its accessibility, it is most convenient for recreation or for those who wish to commute on a bicycle away from the traffic to or from any of the CBD nodes. Cycle with your children in Jan van Riebeeck Park above and around Emmarentia Dam – arrive and depart early before the crowds of dog walkers. As this is an open public area in the middle of a major metropolis, except to encounter loitering, pollution, illegal dumping, drinking and gambling, in varying measure.
Security: Cyclists have been consistently and violently attacked along the Spruit since 1997. Never ride this route alone or even in pairs. Always be vigilant and ride in a large group of five or more. Be very cautious when crossing the major arterial roads bisecting the route such as Jun Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive. Due to heavy traffic, it is more practical to dismount and walk your bike across these roads. Emmarentia Dam is a safe, access-controlled section of the Spruit. You’ll find car guards for safe parking at all the parking lots around Emmarentia Dam.
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