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The role of Non-motorised Transport (NMT), as a transport mode, is gaining more recognition among government officials, traffic engineers; transport and land use planners as part on an integrated transport system, and also in the planning of the road networks and corridors, cities and redevelopment of urban areas. The role that NMT can play in Sustainable Transport, the Greening of Transport, Job Creation and Poverty Relief, Transit Orientated Development, First Mile/Last Mile and other design practices, is also generally accepted among road authorities. NMT has an important role to play in both urban and rural areas as a feeder system to public transport systems (rail, BRT, bus and minibus taxi). It also serves as catalyst to bridge the gap in the integration of transport and land use planning. In many communities, walking and cycling serve as a major transport mode linking destinations, but very often the facilities that are needed by these road users are non-existent or poorly provided for. The National Household Survey, 2013, confirmed that walking and cycling are still major transport modes in South Africa.
The many challenges that NMT users are facing in the road environment due to inadequate infrastructure and other contributing factors, are well documented. These shortcomings result in the high number of road crashes and casualties involving pedestrians and cyclists. Several government policies, strategies and design practice are in place, to provide for NMT in the road environment and also using NMT to reduce the carbon footprint. Examples include the National Department of Transport who will soon be publishing its National Policy on Transport (currently a White Paper), covering chapters on NMT and Road Safety. The Department of Environmental Affair’s Green Cities, Promoting the NMT Agenda is also aimed at reducing the carbon footprint. Most provinces and larger cities and some district municipalities have NMT policies and NMT plans in place and also cover NMT in their ITP’s and IDP’s.
At a practice level, however, various challenges are experienced by road authorities and consultants to actually successfully implement these NMT policies and strategies into the road system. One of the major challenges facing road practitioners are that they are not adequately equipped to address the challenges with regard to non-motorised road users at the implementation level, especially from an operational practice perspective. The course therefore are focussing on the challenges that road practitioners have to deal with, as well as workable solutions, in order to implement NMT practices at the provincial, local authority and public entity levels.
The three-day NMT Practice (Practitioner’s) course will therefore focus on the various practices and skills required by practitioners; as well as providing solutions to the challenges experienced by them to implement the NMT mode within the transport system in urban and rural areas.
Presenters: Dr. Hubrecht Ribbens and Mr. Andrew Wheeldon
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