Some bumps‚ but EcoMobility World Festival well received

05 October 2015 - 10:37 By RDM News Wire


Commuters were cautious and curious but most seemed content as the EcoMobility World Festival proper kicked off in Sandton on Monday. Some routes had been closed since last week‚ but the event aimed at allowing the City of Johannesburg to “reap economic and environmental benefits by reducing congestion” came into effect on Monday.#EcoMobilityFestival trended on Twitter as most people seemed excited about the changes.So I am embracing #EcoMobilityFestival from @CityofJoburgZA ... Lets not 'hope' it works.... Let MAKE it work #SA— Mohammed Nalla (@MohammedNalla) October 5, 2015ecoWhile ConnieMotshumi ‏@Hunter hadn’t quite made up her mind about which alternative mode of transport to use –“Still figuring out how I'm going to leave home‚ I wish I could walk 13kms to my office in Parktown” - Al ‏@Allan_H84 displayed geographical smugness: “So happy I don't work in Sandton #EcoMobilityFestival”.MtbApp ‏via Twitterfrancis.ak ‏@frankie2x reported a trouble-free commute – “had a smooth drive into sandton from bryanston drive thru summit‚ then Rivonia and into Gautrain parking thru West. #EcoMobilityFestival” – and Chris Samuels ‏@Just_Chris93 appeared to be having one too: “Keeping a positive outlook on the initiative. #Traffic is looking lovely though #M1 #EcoMobility #EcoMobilityFestival”.Dave Nosworthy ‏@DONCRICKET‚ however‚ sceptically suggested that it may too soon to celebrate: “@AkiAnastasiou - Don't be fooled traffic is working in Sandton!...its Gov School holidays - wait until next”.And‚ it seemed the first day of operation showed some glitches.Darryl Jago ‏@DarrylJago tweeted: @702JohnRobbie I've just seen a metrobus jump a red light on Rivonia Road and take off another car's side mirror. #EcoMobilityFestival”; while Sandra Borrageiro ‏@SandraB21 suggested some mayhem: “@CityofJoburgZA #EcoMobility #EcoMobilityFestival drivers very confused about which lanes to use especially when turning corners”.Killas/Claudio ‏@clapsa‚ on the other hand‚ seemed to spot business opportunity – “The best way to make #EcoMobilityFestival last forever is put the big shops like Gucci‚ Zara‚ Cartier‚ Statuford‚ Boss... on the streets”.

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