Our cities are constantly grappling with growing private transport and often solutions such as providing more roads are sought as a way out. Research shows that such supply side solution would only lead to more traffic and hence congestion. A proven way out is to manage travel demand, which was the crux of todays’ workshop on Transport Demand Management (TDM).
The workshop was jointly conducted by Manfred Breithaupt of the German International Development (GIZ) and Santhosh Kodukula, EcoMobility Program Manager at ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. Over 40 participants attended the workshop and comprised of international agencies, development banks, city (including Johannesburg) officials, NGOs and media.
The central concept was underlined by Mr. Breithaupt: “To have liveable and sustainable transport in cities we need to have push and pull measures”. The push measures enable people to get out of their personal automobiles and the pull measures attract people onto sustainable transport modes.
Mr. Kodukula emphasises the importance of walking and cycling in cities and shared experiences from cities that have successfully increased the uptake of cycling. He said that “for any public transport project to be successful, walking and cycling have to be prioritised”.
The training course also concentrated on the concept of parking management, which is a TDM push measure. The discussion with the participants revealed that Johannesburg is in the process of removing their parking minimums, which is a process that is happening in various global cities.