External Press Release / 24 Oct, 2014
Johannesburg Eyes Car-Free Future

In Johannesburg from 1-31 October 2015, during South Africa’s Transport Month, the city will organize its ‘EcoMobility World Festival 2015’ – a month-long car-free city district event. The project will visualize an ecomobile future for residents and visitors in Johannesburg.


During the entire Transport Month in October 2015, certain streets will be closed off to car traffic in Sandton, the city's second largest Central Business District (CBD), and these lanes will be used for public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of EcoMobility.

The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Parks Tau, said: "We want to show residents and visitors that an ecomobile future is possible and that public transport, walking and cycling can be accessible, safe, attractive and cool!"

The city will host discussions, fun runs, cycle rides and other events to attract people to the Sandton CBD to experience the car-free environment.

In a further move aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Johannesburg is planning to become the first city in South Africa to convert its fleet to carbon-free fuel within the next two years. The City began piloting the conversion in its Metrobus fleet at the beginning of this year.

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In March 2014, the South African City of Cape Town received the Global Earth Hour Capital 2014 award for outstanding sustainability efforts. The Earth Hour City Challenge is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres was on the international jury of experts that chose the winner. Read joint press release by Gino Van Begin, Secretary-General of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

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