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Alternate modes of transport do exist for us


IT’S EcoMobility Month here in South Africa, so we thought we’d compile a list of transportation options that do not include our beloved cars. Now we know that our country is a bit different to other countries; crime statistics are higher and therefore any transportation that doesn’t make us feel safe, isn’t viable, so bear with us.

Walking - Now we’re not fans either but with increasing emissions targets worldwide, ever-increasing levels of obesity and the traffic that we encounter on a daily basis walking seems to kerb all three. For short journeys a walk can reduces congestion, reduces the number of cars on the road and perhaps save a polar bear.

Bus or train - We have bus services, however, there have been so many stories of mismanagement and lack of maintenance that people are sceptical. The Gautrain for example is a promising way of getting around but it takes a very specific route before a bus takes you to the nearest station. We’ve used it with some success to get around the Johannesburg and Pretoria areas however, getting to the extremities of these areas is a bit more difficult.

Cycling - This is perhaps one of the more viable methods of transport. Cycling allows you some exercise, also reduces congestion on the roads and because you’re travelling at a decent speed, short to medium length journeys are possible.

Electric and hybrid vehicles - We were dubious at first, but with cars such as the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf, city commuting in an electric car is a no-compromise affair. For those who need something with an internal combustion engine, hybrids with an all-electric city mode are also for sale. Remember, the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and LaFerrari hypercars, are all hybrids; this is the future.

Carpooling - Yes, this still involves a car but it can save everyone fuel money, reduce the amount of traffic and of course divide the emissions amongst three or four people instead of one. So get together with people at work and share a car for a week to and from work and alternate cars on a weekly basis; it also reduces wear and tear on your vehicle.

Car sharing - There’s a service that has started up locally called, Locomute, which allows users access to shared vehicles for a fee. The user downloads the app, then registers and a week or so later their account will be ready. They can then use to app to book a car, unlock the car, drive the car and then leave it where they need to be. For more information click here.

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