EcoMobility in South Africa

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School children can ride electric bicycles, with appropriate cycling helmet, and adhering to the normal rules of the road, of course.

Sandton hosted an EcoMobility Festival in 2015. For transport around town, some of these alternatives seem ideal. From a jeep look-alike to a one-seater car to an electric bicycle, the options are imaginative and futuristic. Some are simply concept models, but some are currently available in this country.

[more about EcoMobility below]

Here is one option that impressed me so much that I immediately wanted to go out and get one – a bicycle, requiring no license, registration or fossil fuel. And it is being used by police for patrols in the city, so you know the specs are legal in this country. You pedal it to activate the pedal-assistance motor, so when you are on your way to school, work or a meeting and do not want to arrive covered in sweat, just sit back and cycle electrically! It even has lights and a hooter, to stay out of trouble.

extreme-bike-red-148x148extreme-bike-yellowExtreme Bike STEALTH 250 electric bicycle The Extreme Bike Stealth 250 electric bicycle is a sleek little number, guaranteed to rev up your energy and zip you from A to B in style. The power output of the electric motor is 250 watt, achieving around 25km/hour without you having to break a sweat. Simply charge your electric bicycle’s battery overnight, and get as much as 60km per charge. Weighing in at a light 63kg, and with a load capacity of as much as 150kg, the Extreme Bike Stealth is ideal for inner city travel, motoring around campus, or nipping up to the shops. Check it out. 

School children, students and adults alike can ride these electric bicycles.

Some Moms and Dads might want to go for something a little more weather resistant . . .

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For a more retro look, check out an electric beetle.ecomobility-vehicle-semi-enclosed

Or for fun in the sun, check out a half-enclosed, light, all-terrain concept vehicle.

Or even a one-seater car looking funky and futuristic, yet practical and useful for daily commuting.

Find these and other alternatives here.

 

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EcoMobility

EcoMobility is an environmentally friendly and socially inclusive way of transportation, including cycling, wheeling, walking and the use of public transportation, with special focus on intermodality.

EcoMobility:

  1. integrates environmentally sustainable forms of mobility.
  2. combines non-motorized means of transport with the use of public transport.
  3. allows everybody to move in their local environment.
  4. reduces the use of privately owned motorized vehicles.

Non-motorized transport includes:

  • walking
  • cycling
  • wheeling (wheelchairs, non-motorized scooters, walking aids, skates, push scooters, trailer, hand carts, shopping carts/ trolleys, carrying aids)

Public transport includes:

  • buses
  • trams
  • subways
  • light rail
  • trains
  • ferries
  • collective taxis
  • taxis (if low-emission)

EcoMobility 2015 in Sandton

Public transport, cyclists and pedestrians were given preference on the streets of Sandton during the month-long EcoMobility World Festival in October 2015.

Road use was changed on some of the streets in the Sandton CBD as well as some of the streets leading into Sandton but the City of Johannesburg is taking major steps to ensure that Sandton can continue to function as an important financial district and commercial hub.
One of the aims of the EcoMobility World Festival was to give people a preview of a future transport system where public transport, walking and cycling become the modes of choice.

The Sandton CBD, one of the busiest districts in South Africa, was decongested and its streets turned into public spaces where people were able to move from point to point using public transport, walking, cycling and eco-mobile vehicles.

Changing the use of identified streets lead to a certain level of “discomfort” for people entering Sandton but did not create “dysfunctionality”. The discomfort and inconvenience caused by the closures was matched by the comfort of using public transport, walking and cycling around Sandton.

The City was confident that retail businesses would benefit from the closure of the streets as the Festival was intended to attract “feet to the streets” in the form of pedestrians who would attend the various events hosted during the month and enjoy the opportunity to walk around in a car-free environment.

A comprehensive Transport Management Plan (TMP) has been drawn up by the City after consultation with local stakeholders including residents, the business community and the hospitality sector, as well as extensive traffic studies.
The changes introduced during the Festival are the start of process of long term changes. The streets will now begin to give dignity to pedestrians, access to cyclists and safety to public transport users.

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Police are patrolling on these e-bikes in the city

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Click on the pic to take a closer look at Extreme Bike for your self

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How about you? How about your area? Are there plans afoot to upgrade the intermodal transport systems? You can save big-time on travel costs and help the environment at the same time.

Your (second) vehicle need not be a gas guzzler (even fuel-efficient vehicles are using fuel and polluting the atmosphere).

So what are you waiting for – a drop in the fuel price?

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