The festival, which ran through the month of October, saw commuters only having access to the Sandton CBD using eco-friendly modes of transport or public transport. The briefing was led by Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Parks Tau, who expressed tremendous pride in the success of the initiative.
Tau said, “There are many and obvious lessons to be learnt about our experiences in the build-up and hosting of the EcoMobility Festival. It proved to us that there is a clear need for a safe, affordable and accessible, integrated public transport network.”
He added that there would be a host of developments in the future to accommodate this need and that non-motorised transport should ‘feature prominently in the mixture of future transport solutions for the city’.
In 2016, the City will continue the park and ride facilities at Brightwater Commons, Montecasino and Emperors Palace while completing new bicycle lanes that will connect Rosebank and Sandton.
Konrad Otto Zimmerman, who initiated the first EcoMobility World Festival in 2007, said the primary lesson everyone had learnt from this experience in Sandton was that it could be done.
The briefing also included a video presentation which expressed the varying views of local residents.
What was your impression of the EcoMobility World Festival? Share your thoughts on the Sandton Chronicle Facebook page