Free­ing the city’s roads

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THE CITY of Cape Town is com­pelled to ad­dress traf­fic con­ges­tion if it as­pires to re­main a renowned in­ter­na­tional tourist des­ti­na­tion.

The prob­lem was high­lighted at the first Mo­bil­ity Ind­aba held in the City. (We must) change pub­lic be­hav­iour, and seek al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions to al­le­vi­ate the cri­sis.

The num­ber of ve­hi­cles on Cape roads has over the years in­creased ex­po­nen­tially. Hence the grid­lock sce­nario dur­ing peak traf­fic hours.

My ob­ser­va­tion dur­ing vis­its to most Euro­pean coun­tries has re­vealed the ef­fec­tive use of non-mo­torised trans­port and the ex­ten­sive use of bi­cy­cles.

It is in­deed our col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to co-op­er­ate with the City to help solve the prob­lem by be­ing open to the use of bi­cy­cles. Cape Town is rel­a­tively flat and the health ben­e­fits of cy­cling are in­cal­cu­la­ble.

Cy­cling, walk­ing or re­li­able pub­lic trans­port are pos­si­ble so­lu­tions, and this must be em­braced by all.

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