EcoMobility Festival: What You Need To Know
EWN helps you navigate your way through the EcoMobility Festival during the month of October.
The EcoMobility Festival, which kicks off on Monday 5 October, is an initiative aimed at reducing traffic congestion in Sandton and surrounding areas by encouraging commuters to use public transport, new bicycle lanes and walkways.
Certain roads in Sandton, Africa's economic hub, will be closed off, but this doesn't mean that you won't be able to use your vehicles in the business district if you need to or in the case of an emergency. Access will be limited in certain sections, and the aim is to get people out of their cars.
WATCH: EWN's Aki Anastasiou helps you make sense of the road closures across Sandton during October.
The City of Joburg and Sandton Central Management agree that the city won't be able to cope with the increasing number of cars in the near future, as development in the area continues at a rapid rate.
Construction work is well underway in Sandton to provide alternative modes of transport for people who live and work in the area. Some of the development on Sandton's streets will remain after the conclusion of the campaign.
The City says while it won't be business as usual from Monday, it's hoping to learn from people's experiences about how to improve transport in the already congested CBD.
The City of Joburg has established several park-and-ride locations across the city to facilitate the easy use of public transport.
The City will has also implemented what it's calling a public transport loop, running on Rivonia Road, Fredman Drive and Fifth Street. The loop will see one lane dedicated to public transport which will stop along the route throughout the day. There will also be increased sidewalk space for pedestrians.
An app will also be launched to help people plan their routes. For more information go to: http://www.ecomobilityfestival.org