Jo'burg Mayor says EcoMobility will improve economy

The festival’s aim is to encourage motorists to rather walk, cycle or use public transport to work.

City of Joburg Mayor, Parks Tau, at the official opening of the EcoMobility festival on 4 October 2015, in Sandton. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - City of Jo'burg Mayor Parks Tau says EcoMobility month will help improve the economy with workers being more productive than being stuck in traffic for hours.

The festival's aim is to encourage motorists to rather walk, cycle or use public transport as a method to go to work.

Jo'burg Mayor Parks Tau says if motorists can spend less time on the road in traffic staff can be more productive.

"You're not stuck in traffic, you're traffic."

Premier David Makhura wearing a hard hat says he is ready to cycle to work this month.

"We need to restore the dignity of walkers, bikers, runners and cyclers on the streets of our cities and towns."

International guests who are attending the launch of the festival have congratulated the City of Johannesburg and say they hope this encourages other cities to follow suit.

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.

Over 100,000 people travel through Sandton every day, with more than 75,000 vehicles driving into the area in the mornings, making it one of the fasted growing congested city centres in the world.

The City of Jo'burg's Lisa Seftel says the minister will be joined by Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

"There will be street live events where people will be walking with giant puppets and brass bands and so on, some to Alexandra. People that walk the whole way can stop along the way to skateboard or bike and so on."