Open Streets Cape Town recently hosted a successful discussion on the influence of technology on transport.
At the end of May more than 60 people attended this event. Open Streets aims very specifically to reduce the transport carbon emissions in Cape Town by changing transport patterns.
The guest speaker at the event was Uber South Africa’s head of public policy, Yolisa Mashilwane. She said Uber South Africa is growing faster than in San Francisco, London or Paris because of our public transport being so problematic. She also said while Uber initially didn’t help to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, this has changed with new initiatives such as UberPool and UberHOP.
According to Louise Naudé, who heads up the WWF’s research on transport, the eventual solution is to travel less.