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The city’s Transport Department has partnered with the National Department of Environmental Affairs and the German development bank KFW to radically transform the streets of the city and improve the way residents commute.

The programme’s aim is to create walking and cycling paths, which will initially be confined to a section of Orlando East as a demonstration. If residents embrace the programme and use the newly created infrastructure, the programme may be extended to other areas of the city.

Joburg Road Agency’s Operations Manager, Sipho Nhlapo, earlier told a workshop on road safety in Soweto that the Streets Alive programme was the city’s way of redressing mistakes of the past around infrastructure development.

“Through the Streets Alive concept, we’re changing the way our people access infrastructure through various ways such as complete streets, open streets, adhering to transport values and law enforcement,” Nhlapo said.

Moosajee is scheduled to address residents at Noordgesig Clinic, Mlamlamnkunzi railway station, Leratong Primary School, Orlando Stadium, Orlando railway station and Lukholweini primary from 2pm to 3pm. She will have a question and answer session with residents at Bona High School at 3.30pm after the walkabout.

“We have a responsibility as a city to make sure that we enrich people’s living experience by creating better infrastructure that will encourage ease of movement and inculcate a healthier lifestyle through more people taking up cycling as a recreational activity and a way to commute,” Moosajee said.

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