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Getting around Sandton during EcoMobility 2015

Getting around Sandton during EcoMobility 2015

Sep 7, 2015

Excitement is building for  the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 which  will take place in Sandton, Johannesburg in October 2015. During this time, Festival events will take place at the weekends and limited road access will apply in certain areas.

“We are getting increasing questions about how to navigate Sandton during the Festival”, said MMC Walters, MMC for Transport, in the City of Johannesburg.

“While there will no place that will not be able to be accessed by private car, our message to Sandton residents and workers, is experiment with public transport and change the way you move,” she added.

The City has finalised its plan for the streets ofJoburg, or EcoMobility footprint and the details are provided below.   In the coming two weeks, all the public transport and alternative offerings will be publicised as well as the exciting events that will be happening in October in Sandton to bring people on to their feet and bikes there.

Details about the EcoMobility World Festival foot print
The EcoMobility Festival precinct broadly comprises the following streets in the Sandton central business district (CBD); Rivonia Road, Fredman Drive; and Fifth Street. Within the EcoMobility Festival precinct vehicle movement will be managed or limited to create a pedestrian and cycling friendly environment.

Although vehicular access will be restricted, managed access (controlled by JMPD officers) will be permitted to all buildings and construction sites, ensuring that business operation, deliveries and construction continues as usual. People with disabilities will be given access and motorists are requested to be considerate of all road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists.

West Street
The Gautrain Station internal drop-off/pickup facility and parking area will be accessible from Rivonia Road through managed access. For the section north of the Gautrain station, The Michael Angelo, 135 West, Sandown Clinic and Citibank (145 West), employees and visitors will be given access to their properties. Pedestrian conflict with the mentioned users will be controlled and managed by designated JMPD officer. This is the purple area of the footprint.

Corporate shuttle services will be given access, according to current routes. When vehicles exit the Gautrain Station, they will be required to turn south back towards Rivonia Road. All vehicles requiring access to the north side of West Street or Stella will need to enter West Street from the corner of Fredman and West.

Instead of travelling north on West Street, vehicles will have to use Rivonia Road or Fifth Street to travel around the EcoMobility Festival Precinct.

West Street Southbound (from Fredman to Rivonia) will only be accessible via the JMPD controlled intersection at Fredman and West. This is also the only means to access the east portion of Maude Street, which will operate as a one-way eastbound (from West to Rivonia) only and will therefore be closed to westbound at Rivonia Road.

To access a destination south of Maude Street on West Street, return northbound on West Street (dark yellow colour) down the two way Street operating behind hoarding separating it from the Eco-Mobility Street (dark blue colour), and preferably turn right into Maude Street east to exit on Rivonia Road.

Gwen Lane
Gwen Lane will be fully accessible during weekdays from Fredman Drive only and will operate as a cul-de-sac at Maude Street (no throughway).

Alice Lane
Alice Lane will be fully accessible during weekdays from Fifth Street only and will operate as a cul-de-sac with a turnaround facility at the intersection with West Street.

Maude Street (West)
Maude Street (West) between Fifth Street and West Street will be fully accessible during weekdays from Fifth Street only and will operate as a cul-de-sac with a turnaround facility at the break in the median at the Garden Court Hotel entrance.

Stella Street
This Street will only be accessible via the intersection of West and Fredman with a northbound exit via the right turn onto Maude Street East.

Maude Street (East)
This Street will only be accessible via the intersection of West and Fredman or from Stella Street with an eastbound exit onto Rivonia Road only.

Freight and deliveries
Freight and delivery services are encouraged to provide their services outside morning and afternoon peak periods and after hours. Delivery vehicles are subject to the same restrictions as described for the streets above. The City would like to encourage the usage of smaller freight vehicles as far as possible.

Corporate shuttle services
Corporate shuttle services will be given access to the Gautrain station internal drop-off/pickup facility as is the case at present. When corporate shuttle services exit the Gautrain Station, theywill have to turn south back towards Rivonia Road.

All corporate shuttles who want to drop customers on the North side of West Street or Stella will have to enter West Street from the corner of Fredman and West.

Shuttles that used to use West Street to travel north will have to exit onto Rivonia Road and travel around anti-clockwise in the public transport dedicated loop (shown in pink around the EcoMobility area). Corporate shuttles will be allowed to use the publictransport lane if their occupancy is at least eight persons or more. It should be noted that the use of public transport loop is not compulsory. CorporateShuttles can choose to travel clockwise via Rivonia, Fifth Street, and Fredman Drive, or use the mixed traffic lane in the other direction.

People with disabilities
People with disabilities will still be able to access their parking areas as mentioned above. The Gautrain Station is accessible to people with disabilities. The planned upgrading of West Street between Rivonia and Fredman will be to universal access standards, thus making it easier for people with disabilities to usethis Street safely.

“EcoMobility Footprint”, which identifies the transport management route plans, the route details is also available online at www.ecomobilityfestival.org

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