19 Jul 2016

Royal HaskoningDHV was invited by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to share its expertise on sustainable mobility with a senior delegation of city and transport planning officials from South Africa.

Our team of experts led the South African delegation through an interactive workshop focusing on cycling as an integral part of a sustainable and safe transport system, as well as the importance of cooperation between the different stakeholders to ensure transport policies fit seamlessly into the city environment.

According to Bonnie Horbach, Consul General for the Netherlands in Cape Town, “The societal context of South Africa and the Netherlands is very different, but at the same time there are opportunities for the two countries to tackle transport challenges together. The Netherlands is one of the most advanced nations in terms of road safety and capacity, leveraging our integrated multi-modal network solutions which complement our city development and design. It is this kind of integrated thinking that is of great interest to the South African delegates. This workshop facilitated by Royal HaskoningDHV was a perfect example of how the Netherlands can add value.”

The workshop served as a platform to discuss the changing transportation needs, explore innovative transport solutions such as cycling in the Netherlands and examine how these could be adapted to suit South Africa’s individual transport requirements.

With a longstanding history in operating within South Africa coupled with insights from local employees, Royal HaskoningDHV has an innate understanding of the unique challenges in the nation’s transportation landscape.

Peter Morsink, Senior Consultant in Transport and Road Safety, who hosted the workshop, said: “We were pleased to utilise our knowledge of sustainable transport and road safety to assist the South African government in developing new solutions to meet the demands of an evolving transportation network. Royal HaskoningDHV has a strong track record globally in research, analysis and infrastructure design, which we can draw upon to ensure that solutions to cycling serve as an integral part of the transport system that would fit the local conditions in South Africa.”

The issue of mobility is often anchored within the spatial development of a city, meaning the integration of local and national policies alongside development is a key concern. A collaborative approach between all levels of stakeholders and government is essential to ensure that the design of urban areas supports the mobility of people and goods within the city safely and efficiently.

Following Royal HaskoningDHV’s involvement, the South African delegation took home a raft of new knowledge around the promotion of both sustainable and smart mobility solutions to help shape future transport policies.

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