As Transport Month draws to a close, the City of Cape Town has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping pedestrians
“Many people still rely on their feet to get where they need to be – whether it’s work, the shops, schools or leisure activities. We will continue to address road safety issues that affect our most vulnerable residents,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town
, Councillor Brett Herron.
He urged pedestrians to remember the rules of the road at all times, not only during Transport Month.
“We care about the safety of our pedestrians and would like to remind them that crossing a highway is illegal. Always use the footbridges as they’re designed to get you across the busiest of roads in the safest possible way. Remember to always look right, look left, and look right again to make sure it’s safe and then cross at a designated crossing. When crossing at a pedestrian traffic light, always wait for the green man before you step out into the road,” says Councillor Herron.
Pedestrian fatalities in Cape Town account for 57% of the total road traffic deaths and, since 2008, an average of 373 pedestrians have lost their lives on city roads annually. As such, the month-long campaign focused on pedestrian safety, with City leaders visiting schools to talk to vulnerable residents and distributing educational material to pedestrians as well as drivers.
The City also embarked upon an extensive advertising campaign to reach in the region of two million Capetonians across communities and age groups.
“We call upon all pedestrians and drivers to help us develop a Pedestrian Charter. We encourage all road users with internet access to visit www.capetown.gov.za
to submit their ideas on road safety, particularly as this pertains to pedestrians. This valued feedback will be used to help us draft the Pedestrian Charter – our commitment to improving the safety of pedestrians across the city,” says Councillor Herron.