Key facts about the EcoMobility Word Festival
Online expo visitors
% Gautrain comuter increase
Minutes commuter time saving
Five time more pedestrians in the area
Free minibus taxi services
- Over 15 000 people attended at least 10 different large scale events on the streets of Johannesburg, including the Freedom Ride where over 4000 cyclists participated.
- 47 speakers from more than 20 countries presented at the EcoMobility Dialogues and approximately 500 local government leaders, experts and practioners attended. The outcome of such Dialogues was The Johannesburg Declaration of Ecomobility in Cities which is being endorsed by Cities and international organisations and will be taken forward to the upcoming climate talks at COP 21.
- The EcoMobility World Exhibition was hosted in three places, Sandton, Alexandra and online. The online exhibition showcased over 350 vehicles and received 10 000 visitors. The local exhibition included 30 exhibitors, mainly innovative entrepreneurs. In Alexandra, over 250 learners visited the exhibition daily over the last week of the Festival.
- Through measures such as dedicated public transport lanes and ten park-and-ride facilities, the Festival successfully reduced the percentage
of private cars usage in Sandton by 22% during the month-long EcoMobility challenge according to the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO).
- The metropolitan rapid rail network, Gautrain, increased its ridership from 8.1% to 9.7% between July 2015 and October 2015.
- Compared to a survey done in 2013, five times more people walked along West Street, the street adjoining the Gautrain Station, during the
- People using park-and-ride facilities reported savings of 15 minutes in their regular commute.
- Arising from a partnership with the mini bus taxi industry, 100 taxis provided free mini bus taxi services as feeders in and around Sandton, as well as from four park and ride sites.
- Social media disseminated the Festival news globally. The twitter hashtag #joburgecomobility had approximately 26 million impressions.