[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” parallax=”content-moving” parallax_image=”2680″ fullwidth=”true”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”125px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Legacy Projects” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:center|color:%23ffffff” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:900%20bold%20regular%3A900%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”125px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”false” el_class=”titlerow-content”]The EcoMobility World Festival 2015 will leave a lasting legacy for the City of Johannesburg, the province of Gauteng and, indeed the entire southern African region. The introduction of multi-modal transport infrastructure will encourage people to use accessible public transport and ensure a shift in attitudes and behaviour away from private vehicle usage. The dominant focus is on the provision of efficient public transport, the promotion of pedestrian and cycling activities and the construction of user-friendly infrastructure to support these activities.
The objective is to create a liveable urban environment served by a balanced multi-modal transport system that will improve accessibility for people making both shorter and longer-trips within the City. The legacy projects are designed to promote the use of public transport and non-motorised forms of transport as safe, affordable and accessible alternatives to private vehicles. It takes into account the reality that people will only make the shift towards public transport and bicycles if these accessible alternatives are available. The future of transport in Johannesburg will be a seamless transport system where people can switch easily between rapid rail – the Gautrain – passenger rail, Metrobus, the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit Network, minibus taxis, cycling and walking. This will significantly reduce the volume of private transport usage in the City and enable Johannesburg to move closer towards its environmental targets.
Legacy projects for Johannesburg include:
- Enhancement of walking and cycling infrastructure: Wider sidewalks and dedicated cycle lanes will be constructed in both directions of the main streets to ensure safety and comfort to a larger number of pedestrians. New cycle lanes between the Sandton CBD and neighbouring districts will be created. The construction of a 5 km dedicated cycling and walking lane between Alexandra township and the CBD on a dedicated bridge shall be completed by the end of 2016 to give dignity to the 10 000 pedestrians who use this route every day.
- Permanent public transport loop: The temporary public transport lanes in Sandton shall be converted into permanent structures. Commuter shelters shall be erected while safety and enforcement features will be enhanced.
- Dedicated lanes for high occupancy vehicles: Permanent contraflow lanes along main roads for buses, mini bus taxis and car pools will be introduced by 2016. This can reduce travel in the peak for public transport users by up to 30 minutes.
- Express buses and permanent P&R facilities: Gautrain and Metrobus will continue non-stop buses in the peak hours and have permanent park and ride sites.
- Bike distribution program: The City’s bike distribution programmes involving bike training, bike donations and a bike empowerment centre.
- Smartphone application: The Vaya Moja App will be developed providing residents of Joburg information about public transport services and traffic conditions.
- Dedicated street space for alternative uses: Public events during the Festival attracted large numbers of citizens. Consequently, temporary road transformations for alternative uses will become regular in Johannesburg, including an annual Road Safety Family Day.