Eco-Mobility World Festival: 1 – 31 October 2015

Posted on August 12th, 2015

Public transport, cyclists and pedestrians will be given preference on the streets of Sandton during the month-long EcoMobility World Festival in October 2015.

Road use will be changed on some of the streets in the Sandton CBD as well as some of the streets leading into Sandton but the City of Johannesburg is taking major steps to ensure that Sandton can continue to function as an important financial district and commercial hub.

One of the aims of the EcoMobility World Festival is to give people a preview of a future transport system where public transport, walking and cycling become the modes of choice. The Sandton CBD, one of the busiest districts in South Africa, will be decongested and its streets turned into public spaces where people will be able to move from point to point using public transport, walking, cycling and eco-mobile vehicles.

Changing the use of identified streets will lead to a certain level of “discomfort” for people entering Sandton but will not create “dysfunctionality”. The discomfort and inconvenience caused by the closures will be matched by the comfort of using public transport, walking and cycling around Sandton.

The City is confident that retail businesses will benefit from the closure of the streets as the Festival is intended to attract “feet to the streets” in the form of pedestrians who will attend the various events hosted during the month and enjoy the opportunity to walk around in a car-free environment.

A comprehensive Transport Management Plan (TMP) has been drawn up by the City after consultation with local stakeholders including residents, the business community and the hospitality sector, as well as extensive traffic studies.

The changes introduced during the Festival are the start of process of long term changes. The streets will now begin to give dignity to pedestrians, access to cyclists and safety to public transport users.

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