A range of transport infrastructure must be available in our cities in order to make areas accessible, attract investments and people, to generate social cohesion and economic growth in our cities.
Well-designed, robust and integrated transport networks are vital to creating a strong economy for South Africa.A range of transport infrastructure must be available in our cities in order to make areas accessible, attract investments and people, to generate social cohesion and economic growth in our cities.Many cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion; that they would be better off with far fewer cars.An era of new mobility and sustainability should work to a vision of heavily populated areas using smart solutions, shared ownership and non-motorised transport (NMT) as part of an integrated transport network system. This will collectively lead to enhanced accessibility and a healthier environment with less pollution, stress and noise.Given its manifold benefits – affordable, accessible and healthy - cycling is a prime example of how we are delivering this approach in South Africa, ensuring cycle routes and bike parking facilities are incorporated in an integrated transport network.
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Innovative transport solutions
The issues of sustainable transport and, particularly, cycling are topics that are very close to my heart.As an avid cyclist, I can put my passion to work and use our long tradition in innovative transport solutions at Royal HaskoningDHV to create a sustainable transport future suited for the unique demands in South Africa.I am also encouraged by the strides South Africa has made in transforming its cities from those that were mainly geared at accommodating motorised transport, towards the increasing adoption of NMT which has contributed greatly to making urban spaces more conducive and in turn, rejuvenating our city centres which have had a transformative effect for social and economic development.As trusted advisors, we collaborate with South African policymakers to usher in a new era of mobility – one in which we could share best practices and transfer knowledge - so as to bring effective solutions tailored to the reality of the South African transport system. In fact, cities elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, where existing urban areas are being expanded and new ones being developed as a response to growing urbanisation patterns, will also benefit from this new era.
An integrated approach: combining the hardware, software and orgware
Royal HaskoningDHV’s capability in the field of mobility is bolstered by the depth of our experience in multi-modal transport and our integrated approach towards transport planning.We deliver an optimized return on investment for clients through our integrated approach to smart and sustainable mobility by incorporating the hardware, software and orgware aspects of transport planning.This holistic approach improves mobility, connects communities and contributes to enhancing economic growth in South Africa.This approach can be exemplified with our work in the country:
We provided the detailed infrastructure design for the R30¬million non-motorised transport system in Limpopo, Polokwane. This involved the construction of a 4km long walkway, which allowed for bidirectional travel on the pedestrian walkway and the cycle path. Local people were employed on the project, and the new system has considerably improved transport and mobility in the area.
Royal HaskoningDHV was invited to partner with the Dutch Cycling Embassy, supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Gauteng and the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town, to conduct a fact-finding investigation into South African people’s views of cycling for improved mobility, upliftment of communities and enhanced economic growth.
We were a key partner in the Mobility Indaba event. Organised by the Dutch Embassy under the auspices of #cocreateSA, this is a platform for South Africa and the Netherlands to come together to exchange ideas and innovations and transition towards a sustainable mobility charter for South Africa.Royal HaskoningDHV was invited to share our insights and expertise in the field of Non-Motorised Transport (NM) with a specific focus on Shared Spaces and NMT Evaluation as well as behavioural dynamics and Changing a Mindset. These examine the collaboration between spheres of administration, creation of space where different modes of transport can co-exist and delve into how a change of mindset is necessary to embed cycling into the fabric of the South African society.I believe that an integrated approach to mobility which encompasses the hardware, software and orgware - when done right – can provide huge benefits to result in healthy cities where communities and economy can flourish.