Joburg: pedestrian and cycle lanes on the cards

2014-04-09 09:25
Johannesburg – Ever wish you could skip all the horrible Joburg traffic and just walk or cycle to work? But that’s a crazy idea, right? Well, maybe not.  

The Star reports that the City of Johannesburg will be putting a plan in place to make the city more pedestrian and cycle friendly.

So, within the next few years, Joburg commuters will be able to cycle or walk from Sandton to Alexandra, from Orlando to Noordgesig and from Rosebank to Sandton.  

The city has already started establishing cycling lanes in many suburbs and has spent time and money on encouraging the use of outdoor areas and public transport, by creating cycling links to Rea Vaya stations, street furniture and proper pavements, among others.  

Daisy Dwango, City of Johannesburg director of planning and policy in the transport department said that the objective is to increase the use of an affordable transport system.

It would be beneficial for low-income earners and university students and would also lower the emission of greenhouse gases.  

She added that they also hope to change the mindset of the youth, who would usually plan to buy a car as soon as they can afford it. 

A feasibility study and detailed designs for the cycle routes will start in October 2014. 

Last year the Ethekwini municipality announced that they were planning on implementing 40km of cycling lanes for Durban. The routes are planned to pass many of Durban's tourist hot spots.

Both these cities follow in the footsteps of Cape Town, which already has well-established integrated system of bicycle lanes. Routes cover a variety of areas, including Blouberg, the CBD, Sea Point promenade and Green Point.

An online cycle map, The Cape Town Bicycle Map, was launched last year to make the routes as accessible to residents and visitors as possible.  

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