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Global Road Safety Alliance Convenes in Cape Town, City Highlights Safety Innovations

Michael Hawthorne

CAPE TOWN – The Global Alliance of Cities for Road Safety (ACRoS) has gathered in Cape Town, a city recognized as a leader in road safety initiatives within South Africa. Councillor Rob Quintas, in his welcoming address, highlighted the city’s multifaceted efforts to improve safety for its nearly five million residents who walk, cycle, use public transport, or drive.

Prioritizing Pedestrian Safety

Councillor Quintas emphasized the city’s commitment to pedestrian safety, stating that 42% of Cape Town’s commuters walk for transportation. This focus aligns with the City’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP), which incorporates non-motorized transport into transportation planning. Infrastructure projects, such as the MyCiTi bus service expansion, include dedicated pedestrian walkways, crossings, and bicycle lanes where feasible.

Traffic Calming Measures

Traffic calming is a key tool for Cape Town, with a particular emphasis on protecting vulnerable road users near schools. Since July 2020, the city has prioritized traffic calming at schools, implementing measures at 311 locations. Overall, the city has installed:

Coastal Speed Management and Innovation

Cape Town is actively reviewing speed limits in tourist-heavy coastal areas, often lowering them for safety. Prominent areas like Main Road in Simon’s Town and Otto du Plessis Drive in Blaauwberg have seen speed reductions. Innovative technologies such as variable speed signs on High-Level Road have helped curb speeding.

The city has also pioneered new traffic signal systems specifically for the MyCiTi bus service, minimizing confusion and reducing collisions.

Commitment to Collaboration

In October 2022, Cape Town sought public input to refine its Traffic Calming Policy and Road Safety Strategy, receiving over 3,000 submissions. This collaborative approach underscores the city’s commitment to working with residents to enhance road safety.

The Importance of Behavior Change

Councillor Quintas concluded by stressing that technology and infrastructure alone cannot guarantee safety. A fundamental shift in driver behaviour is essential to reduce the risks posed by speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, and reckless behaviour.

Global Alliance for Road Safety (ACRoS)

The Global Alliance of Cities for Road Safety provides a platform for cities like Cape Town to share knowledge, best practices, and innovations. ACRoS aims to help member cities find locally tailored solutions to improve road safety while working toward climate goals.


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