#EcoMobilityFestival: ‘SA should create a cycling culture’

Urban designer & cycling advocate Kirsten Wilkins says the country needs to make bicycles more affordable.

From Monday, several roads leading into Sandton will be reduced to only one lane for motorists; while the rest is dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists and buses. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - With the EcoMobility Festival month officially kicking off on Monday, cycling enthusiasts have called for more affordable means of transport.

Urban designer and cycling advocate Kirsten Wilkins says the country needs to create a cycling culture and make bicycles more affordable in order to make a sustainable change in the transport sector.

From Monday, several roads leading into Sandton will be reduced to only one lane for motorists; while the rest is dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists and buses.

This festival is aimed at encouraging people to use public transport, walkways and bicycle lanes instead of private vehicles.

Wilkins says in order for this month to be truly successful - South Africans must use the opportunity to change their transport culture.

"Developing a culture of bicycle usage in addition to just infrastructure - cycling for me is very much about building relationships in communities, and saying 'let's ride together because it's safe'. I want to encourage people to develop relationships instead of just getting onto the road."

Hollywood actor and humanitarian Danny Glover is in South Africa to show his support for the initiative.

He says this is not just about reducing congestion but it's also about the environment.

"Climate change changes the whole scenario about what we think we are entitled to. We are not entitled to drive our car when we want, all the time."

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For more information go to: http://www.ecomobilityfestival.org