Uncategorized 27.5.2014 11:00 am

Sandton gets on its bike

Bicycle stock image courtesy Stock.xchnge

Bicycle stock image courtesy Stock.xchnge

Imagine not having to deal with rising fuel costs or traffic on the daily commute to work – especially in Sandton.

This scenario could be possible with the roll-out of electric bicycles in Africa’s richest square mile.

Large-scale infrastructure developments are taking place in the area and in a few years Sandton will increase office space from 1.5m square metres to 1.9m square metres. Despite significant transportation investment to boost the use of public transport, including in the successful Gautrain and in future theRea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System, there are calls for alternatives.

#Decongest.Sandton, a campaign aimed at getting Sandton commuters to heed the call to ditch their cars and cycle to work, has launched electric bicycle rides in the area.

Opting for an electric bicycle could set you back R14 800 to

R35 000, for a bicycle with one or two batteries with a maximum speed of 25km/h to70 km/h (depending on the number of batteries the bicycle is fitted with).Users of electric bicycles can get up to six hours of battery life, with an option of paddling for mobility or the electrical accelerating option.

Electric bicycle and green mobility experts CYCOLOGY, the Green Building Council of South Africa and Solid Green Consulting are the main protagonists driving electric bicycle use in Sandton.

They aim to get multinational corporations to accommodate electric bicycles in parking bays, a model popular in developed nations such as London a significant proportion of corporates cycle to work.

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