Cycling as commuter transport is the future

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:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
ConCourt to rule on law that governs the right to protest

ConCourt to rule on law that governs the right to protest

Civil rights groups claim that the Regulation of Gatherings Act limits and criminalises peaceful protest through intimidation.

Derelict buildings in Parow earmarked for social housing

Derelict buildings in Parow earmarked for social housing

The affordable rental units will be made available for families with a monthly household income of up to R15 000.

[LISTEN] Fears that new deal with Cape Town brewery may monopolise SA craft beer

[LISTEN] Fears that new deal with Cape Town brewery may monopolise SA craft beer

A Cape Town-based brewing company and The Tap Room have signed a deal to buy around 700 installed draught taps around SA.

'Even if Sarb was nationalised, govt can't change its mandate'

'Even if Sarb was nationalised, govt can't change its mandate'

EFF leader Julius Malema has introduced a bill to nationalise the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) in Parliament this week.

New radio telescope launched in SA to solve 'dark energy' puzzle

New radio telescope launched in SA to solve 'dark energy' puzzle

The multimillion-rand apparatus will be based at the site of the MeerKAT radio telescope array in the Northern Cape.

You will soon be able to book your learner and driving licence test online

You will soon be able to book your learner and driving licence test online

The online RTMC system has been created in a bid to put an end to corruption at licensing departments, among other reasons.

Popular articles
Two young boys go the extra mile to get a sick dog to a vet with just R7

Two young boys go the extra mile to get a sick dog to a vet with just R7

Peter and Jerry gave up their last R7 to get a sick community dog (Lady) to an Animal Welfare shelter for medical attention.

Derelict buildings in Parow earmarked for social housing

Derelict buildings in Parow earmarked for social housing

The affordable rental units will be made available for families with a monthly household income of up to R15 000.

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand explains the differences between the social drinker and an almost alcoholic.