In commemoration of National Transport Month, the City of Johannesburg has planned a series of activities to be held throughout the month of October.
Under the theme “CoJ Partnering for Safety”, the activities aim to provide all residents with information to empower them about public transport and road safety while highlighting the importance of public transport. MMC for Transport, councillor Nonhlanhla Makhube, said the City will also highlight partnerships with different stakeholders on safety issues relating to all road users. There will be interactions with commuters, public transport operators and drivers. This year will also see a partnership with JMPD at various public transport facilities across the City to highlight safety issues, focusing on pedestrian and commuter safety.
“Transport Month is an important campaign to create an awareness of the vital role that transport plays in our society to improve communities and the economy,” said Makhuba. She encouraged all residents to use Transport Month to increase their awareness of road safety whether as a pedestrian, public transport user or private vehicle driver.
“We urge all residents of Johannesburg to take heed of the campaign messages and rally behind the transformation of society through the delivery of safe and reliable public transport,” emphasised Makhuba.
The City of Johannesburg Transport Month activities will take place as follows:
· An event hosted by JRA focusing on promoting road safety through road markings in Region B (17 October at 8am)
· Annual “iKasi to iKasi” event, again focusing not only on the experience of public transport and tourism sites, but in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Environment and Rural Development focusing also on the carbon footprint of different modes of transport and the impact that this has on our air quality and environment (19 October at 7am at the Museum Africa)
· The launch of a three-week driver emergency response training, aimed at Metrobus drivers. The drivers are trained in emergency response in order to meet the challenges of emergencies during their work operations (during the month of October)
· An event focusing on the safety of women who travel on mini-bus taxis – by reaching out to taxi drivers and educating them on the rights of women – in fact the rights of all our people (23 October at 10am, Bree Taxi Rank, Metro Mall).
· Focusing on school children in places like Eldorado Park who think it is cool or fun to travel holding onto the back of our buses – rather than in our buses (24 October at 7am).
· An event hosted by Metrobus and JRA profiling women- and youth-owned SMMEs and sharing good practice at Metrobus (26 October at 9am at Joburg Zoo)
· JRA to undertake a Service Delivery Blitz activity in Region D to attend to all road and bridge maintenance issues (27 October at 9am)
· Hosting a further cycle Freedom Ride between Mandela Bridge and Mandela’s House in Soweto where we are expecting thousands of cyclists to converge on Braamfontein. This ride is an opportunity to profile the role of cycling as a mode of transport (Sunday 28 October at 7am)
· The launch of our new control room in Selby – from where we will be monitoring and controlling all the Rea Vaya buses (30 October at 9am)
There will also be a number of other community-based transport safety awareness campaigns run by JMPD, JRA and Metrobus.
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