#EcoMobility: Traffic congestion still an issue in parts of Sandton

It’s day three of the #EcoMobilityFestival, which is urging people to use public transport & walkways.

FILE. Motorists driving into the Sandton CBD have been urged to help change the country’s transport culture & create a safer environment. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg has urged commuters, not to access West Street from Rivonia Road.

It's day three of the EcoMobility Festival, which aims to reduce congestion by urging people to abandon their private cars and use public transport, walkways and bicycle lanes.

The city's Lisa Seftel says more commuters are starting to use alternative modes of transport, but there's still some confusion about road restrictions.

"We are still turning people [away] from West Street and we are urging them to not come into West Street through Rivonia [Road] - unless you are going to the Gautrain station, the Michel Angelo, or to City Bank. We have more people coming to the park and rides, a little over 300 used it."

COMMUTERS LEAVE CARS AT HOME

EWN has spoken to several people on one of the Gautrain buses from Monte Casino to Sandton and it seems the City of Johannesburg's plea has led to some commuters leaving their cars at home.

While it's too early to assess the impact of the EcoMobility Festival, the driver of one bus said he noticed a higher passenger numbers on Monday, with some people having to stand because all of the seats have been occupied.

Several passengers who usually drive into Sandton say while the experience of taking the bus was good on that day, they were yet to decide if they'll continue taking public transport once EcoMobility Month is over.

Motorists driving into the Sandton CBD were urged to help change the country's transport culture and create a safer environment.

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau said the festival is also about climate change consciousness.

"This is a prerequisite to an investment that we made. It's about creating a consciousness about our collective responsibility towards climate change. The message is, you are not stuck in traffic, you are the traffic."

Click here to view today's cartoon on #EcoMobilityMonth.

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