Harambee BRT Bridges Improves Pedestrian Safety

The safety of pedestrians was one of the important considerations when the City began to plan the design of the Harambee Bus Rapid Transport in Thembisa.

The BRT bus corridors tend to be located where there is high traffic density and pedestrian safety becomes a major challenge.

“As the City, we have made pedestrian safety a priority when we designed our corridors. We have incorporated the construction of pedestrian bridges into our plan for Harambee BRT as we consider pedestrian safety an important element for efficient public transport.

“We have also made special physical provisions to ease access for children, the elderly, and the disabled by fitting lifts in these bridges,” said Member of Mayoral Committee for Transport Planning and Provisions Cllr Phelisa Nkunjana.

Head of Department for Transport Planning and Provision Landela Mahlati said, “We have dedicated bus lanes which operate separately from all other traffic modes. This allows buses to operate at a very high level of reliability since only professional drivers are allowed on the bus way.

“We are in the process of completing separate bus stations that are convenient, comfortable, secure and weather protected for our commuters. High-floor buses will allow passengers to embark and disembark at closed, raised stations, with level boarding,” Mahlati said.