Following an announcement by City of Joburg’s new major Herman Mashaba that he will be putting a stop to the construction of the R70 million cycle lanes, John Maytham speaks to Richard Gordge, Consultant at Transport Futures about the importance of utility cycling.
Gordge says implementing cycling as a mode of transport requires a full programme of activities, and the most effective cities have walking, cycling and public transport as the main mode of commuter transport.
Although a very small percentage of people are cycling currently, Gordge says utility cycling will help lower a portion of national and local subsidy going into transport solutions.
There are many trips in Cape Town that are cyclable if the journeys are made safe, people are able to ride and able to access bicycles— Richard Gordge, Consultant at Transport Futures
Access to bicycles and affordability is an issue Gordge says they don't have all the answers for at the moment, but he believes utility cycling could be a big part of the transport solution.
Listen to the full conversation below: