Active Mobility in South Africa

Active mobility is human-powered transport. Walking and cycling are the main active modes, but there are many others. Active mobility is flexible, low-carbon, and low-cost, and have the potential to improve public and personal health, as well as the quality of the urban environment.

Investment in better walking and cycling infrastructure can also ensure that pedestrians and cyclists are protected, and that their needs are met. Maintaining the pedestrian mode share, and even increasing it, will also support reduction in carbon emissions.

Thid publication stems from the Green Economy Transformation project pursued in partnership by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) of the Republic of South Africa; the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

Farm Design illustrated the publication with many local photos showing the wide range of active mobility modes and users.

Writers: Gail Jennings, Terna Guyse, Ian Mills, Joseph Kigozi

Copy-editor: Barbara Hutton

Design and layout: Elsabe Gelderblom of Farm Design

Secretariat service: WWF South Africa

See also Perspectives on Advancing an Inclusive and Sustainable Green Economy in South Africa.

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Elsabe Gelderblom
Elsabe is the Creative director: Graphic Design at Farm Design. The company is located on the slopes of Table Mountain in the beautiful Cape Town. After years of experience in the design and advertising of fast-moving consumer goods, Elsabe wanted to do “design that makes a difference”. She therefor concentrates on academic and advocacy work for issues that she considers as important. These include climate change, human rights and law. Her particular skill is in making content easy to understand, interesting to engage with, and accessible. Elsabe loves technology and code. She started learning HTML in the mid eighties and has been on the learning treadmill ever since. She is able to do both the front end design and the back-end installation of websites. She believes that a good job is always a collaborative undertaking – a good brief with a clear target market, quality research and writing polished with detailed editing, uncluttered design with a purpose, and meticulous proofing. Farm Design’s clients and collaborators are situated from Cape Town to the UK, Canada, US, and various countries across Africa. Elsabe holds a BA degree in Graphic Design from Stellenbosch University, with majors in Design and Photography. In the creative industry you are often asked about awards won. Though she has received a Loerie Award for design, from the USA the Clio Gold Award and the Communications Arts Annual Award of Excellence, she considers her best award to be the clients she has worked with for decades.