Alta teamed with COWI A/S and Gehl Architects of Denmark, with funding from the World Bank, to evaluate the feasibility of a core group of ten priority projects identified in the city’s 2009 Framework for Non-Motorized Transportation.
The mission included two days of site visits and two days of workshops for the Cycling Programme in the City of Johannesburg. The City’s 2040 Strategy emphasizes “Eco Mobility.” The city is similar in landform and climate to sprawling car-oriented U.S. regions including Atlanta, Phoenix, and Los Angeles—with a similar emerging bike culture. Current mode share for cycling is less than 1%, but people were seen walking and bicycling on most major roads. During the workshops, Alta led sessions and helped facilitate the discussion on a potential bike share system. A written report was provided with ideas from a U.S. perspective and links to Alta’s tools, the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Cities program, and other connections for expanding Johannesburg into a world-class Bicycle Friendly City.