Assessing the integration between motorised and non-motorised transport systems: experiences of the Ekurhuleni Municipality, South Africa

Kiara Lawrence, Trynos Gumbo, Godfrey G. Musvoto

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Abstract

South Africa is considered an economically progressive country, meaning it is slowly exiting the third world and transitioning towards the developing world. With this comes many challenges, some rooted in transportation. Around 80% of South Africans solely rely on public transportation (PT) and are dependent on private minibus taxis. There is little knowledge and evidence on the fluidity and integration of motorised transport systems with non-motorised transport (NMT) in South Africa. Consequently, this work assessed the implementation of NMT and PT in Ekurhuleni. The study adopted a case study research design by analysing the Harambee BRT through a qualitative approach using desktop studies and semi-structured interviews with key informants involved in the project. The work identified five aspects of accessibility (application of the inclusive cities paradigm), safety (sufficient lighting, signage and frequent patrolling by law enforcement), infrastructure (Information and Communications Technology (ICT), walkways, pedestrian bridges, dedicated bus lanes, paving, and tact tiles, universal design principles and an Ekucard system), sustainability (promoting healthier lifestyles and the cost effectiveness of the transport system) and public involvement as the core elements which created a model that needs to be implemented in future projects in order to effectively integrate NMT and PT.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2354905
JournalUrban, Planning and Transport Research
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • accessibility
  • infrastructure and integration
  • Non-motorised transportation
  • public transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies
  • Transportation
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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