January 19, 2012

Sustainable Transport Award cities: Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa is a 2012 nominee for the opening of its first BRT corridor and its integration with cycling as a first step in using transportation to increase inclusivity and accessibility. The My CiTi system opened, in an area of the city without much mass transit investment, with a 16 km corridor and plans to expand. Parallel to the BRT corridor, Cape Town has also opened the longest continuous bike way in Africa that spans the entire 16 km bus corridor. The city has also invested in other bike infrastructure; namely covered and secure bike parking at rail stations and bike storage on buses.

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Travel time along the corridor has been reduced by about 50%, reducing trip time from an hour to an hour and a half to 35 minutes. The city has also introduced Euro IV buses to Cape Town, helping reducing the particulate matter in the air improve population health.

Cape Town’s achievements over the past year will serve as a model for the rest of the continent.

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