Joburg's pedestrians, cyclists catered for

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With many residents walking or cycling to and from work, Joburg is gearing up to improve urban areas with dual use walkways and even skate routes.

 

Non-motorised transport infrastructure is one way of promoting urban regeneration and development.

Non-motorised transport includes walking, cycling, rickshaws, animal-drawn carts - especially in rural areas – and rollerblading and skateboarding; all of which do not rely on an engine or a motor for impetus.

Johannesburg has assigned R110-billion towards constructing bicycle routes and pedestrian walkways.


The allocation is part of the municipality‘s Integrated Transport Plan Framework (ITPF), which imagines a people-centred community with pedestrian-orientated mixed-use areas, with buildings that are connected by walkways and public spaces.

Close to 70% of commuters in Johannesburg are said to use non-motorised transport such as walking and cycling.

Walking is the second most important mode of transport in Johannesburg after the car, with 31% of commuters walking in the morning.

The average walking trip is 23 minutes for work trips and 22 minutes for walking to schools and other educational institutions.

Cycling accounts for 0.2% of trips (3165 trips). Average travel time spent cycling to work is
42 minutes and 16 minutes to educational institutions.

In addition, walking is the most significant feeder mode for access to public transport. 

The majority, 90%, of walkers and cyclist are striders, people who walk and cycle out of choice.