Several government policies and action plans point to the urgency for a more focused approach to non-motorised transport (NMT) in South and Sub-Saharan Africa, both in urban and rural areas. Walking is a major mode and an important transport cost cutting strategy for many households. Improved provision and maintenance of facilities for non-motorised transport users, including road crossings, pedestrian and bicycle ways, can contribute to reducing the high fatality rates among pedestrians and bicyclists sharing the road infrastructure with cars and trucks in urban and rural areas. The 2010 Soccer World Cup creates additional requirements for improving the state of pedestrian precincts, specifically around stadia, public transport interchanges, and public places. There is a need for learning how to design attractive, effective and safe spaces for pedestrians in which to move.
The course will cover the following aspects:
* Role and prevalence of NMT
* Policy frameworks and design guidelines
* Network analysis methods (level of service, etc.)
* Planning for NMT
* Design and provision of NMT infrastructure
* Needs of people with disabilities
* Labour-based approaches to construction of footpaths and sidewalks
* Monitoring and evaluation of NMT and road safety
Who should attend?
Planners and engineers involved in the transport sector in both urban and rural areas in developing countries, both within and outside Southern Africa. Delegates are not required to have an engineering background. Please note that all University of Pretoria continuing education courses are accredited with ECSA/SAICE.
R4500 per delegate - includes refreshments and lunch, course notes, and a copy of the Department of Transport's Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Guidelines (2003). Excludes travel and accommodation.
About the instructors
Dr Hubrecht Ribbens – Dr Ribbens has 25 years’ experience in non-motorised transport and road safety issues in South and Southern Africa. He has served on the Committees for Pedestrians and for Transportation Safety Management of the Transportation Research Board of the United States since 1988.
Prof Christo Venter – Prof Venter is an Associate Professor of Civil and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He has done research and consulting work on the design of transport systems for people with disabilities, and co-authored a recent guideline on this topic for practitioners.
Prof Alex Visser – Prof Visser is the incumbent of the SA Roads Board Chair or Transport Engineering in the Department of Civil and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He specialises in pavement related aspects.
Enquiries & registration:
Contact Ms Leona Barnard
Tel (012) 420 5424
Fax (012) 362 5285
Cell: 083 704 4414