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The role of Non-motorised Transport is gaining more recognition and momentum in Transport Policy and Strategy, as well as in Transport Planning and Operations; especially with regard to its role in Sustainable Transport, Universal Access, the Greening of Transport, Job Creation and Poverty Relief. It has an important role to play in urban and rural areas as a feeder system to public transport systems (rail, BRT, bus and minibus taxi). It serves as catalyst to bridge the gap between transport and land use planning. In many communities, walking and cycling serve as a major transport mode linking destinations. The National Household Survey, 2013, has confirmed that walking and cycling are still major transport modes in South Africa.
The many problems NMT users are facing in the road environment, including the high number of road crashes and casualties involving pedestrians and cyclists, raise the following questions.
- Is the current road environment in South Africa generally conducive to the safety of non-motorised road users?
- Are the road practitioners adequately equipped to understand the needs on non-motorised road users, especially from a planning and design perspective?
- What are the latest policy issues and design guidelines that impact on NMT practices that road practitioners should take cognisance of?
Presenters: Dr. Hubrecht Ribbens and Mr. Louis de Waal
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