Peters: Walking, cycling to work not only for the poor

Several roads will be closed to motorists from Monday as part of the EcoMobility Festival.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters rides a bus at the official opening of EcoMobility Month in Sandton on 4 October 2015. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

SANDTON - Transport minister Dipuo Peters says she hopes this month's EcoMobility Festival will change the public perception that walking and cycling is only for the poor.

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

Peters says walking and cycling is a lifestyle change which many South Africans simply need to get used to.

"Many people go home and get out of their vehicles and get into their running clothes and then start running or walking on the streets instead of doing that daily when they are going to work," says Peters.

Peters took part in a march from Sandton to Alexandra using an ecofriendly vehicle.

Gauteng premier David Makhura, transport MEC Ismail Vadi and Joburg mayor Parks Tau also participated using different ecofriendly modes of transport.

Tau has warned motorists to get out of their comfort zones this month and make use of public transport.

He will also be moving his office to Sandton for the duration of the festival.

Find out more in the Eyewitness News special feature on the EcoMobility Festival.