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Cape Town seeks smart travelling

2012-06-08 18:01

Johannesburg - A drive encouraging Cape Town commuters to opt for public transport or lift clubs was launched on Friday.

The city said the programme, dubbed "Travel Smart", would also encourage people to choose walking or cycling where possible.

Transport accounted for half of the city's energy consumption, contributing to more than a quarter of all carbon emissions.

"The increased congestion on our roads, particularly as a result of single occupancy vehicle (SOV) use, isn't sustainable," mayoral committee member Brett Herron said in a statement.

"SOVs are energy inefficient and contribute significantly to emissions, which impact on local air quality, our health and global climate change, not to mention the huge hole they leave in the pockets of commuters due to the high price of fuel and parking."

The programme was still in a pilot phase.

"We are very pleased that a number of employers have come on board for this pilot project and are working with the city to shift travel habits to ensure our City's sustainability and liveability," said Herron.

Comments
  • al.chemist.7106 - 2012-06-08 19:19

    I'm all for public transport, but there is no way in hell i'm going to use it if there are going to be groups who constantly shoot at it or burn it whilst protesting about something

  • Mazimba - 2012-06-08 19:32

    So no more scooters?

  • kseyffert - 2012-06-09 13:28

    We need to be aware though that SOV's can not be totally eliminated. Reduced, yes. Significantly reduced, probably but not eliminated. As for public transport, we still have a LOOOOOOng way to go before this is a realistic option. Have those people shouting public transport ridden a train or bus during rush hour? I seriously doubt it!

  • mthokozisi.madlala.7 - 2012-06-09 15:56

    Sound like a concepts stollen in DBN

      steve.luckie - 2012-06-09 16:16

      This concept is being used in big cities around the globe, London, Paris, Tokyo, and Seoul, South Korea...this is not something new. I live in Korea and here we used smart cards to use those bicycles.

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