MyCiTi’s Universal Accessibility Policy received an award for being one of the most innovative policies in the world in terms of ensuring that all special needs passengers can make use of the service.
The policy was highlighted at an international summit on accessibility, attended by more than 400 experts on accessibility and disability from around world, for being the first universally accessible transport system in South Africa. The event took place at a United Nations office in Vienna at the end of February 2014.
2014 has so far also seen the introduction of new MyCiTi routes along the Atlantic Seaboard towards Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg in Hout Bay, and up Blaauwberg Road towards Dunoon. Further routes this year will also expand towards Atlantis, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.
Since February 17, University of Cape Town (UCT) students and staff who use the Jammie shuttle service are now also able to connect with the MyCiTi service more easily than before. The affected Jammie shuttle route connects the main UCT campus in Rondebosch with the university’s Hiddingh campus in Orange Street, Gardens.
“We are absolutely delighted that our MyCiTi universal access facilities are being recognised globally,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
“The Integrated Rapid Transport system is one of the most significant redress projects for this administration. Not only are we committed to providing safe, affordable and reliable public transport for our communities, but also to ensuring ease of accessibility for our passengers with special needs. This is part of our commitment to broader redress and to making progress possible together with all our residents.”
According to the Scientific Advisory Board of Zero Project, the organisation who presented the award: the MyCiTi Integrated Rapid Transport system stands out for its commitment and ability to create accessibility, as its Universal Access Policy is a comprehensive long-term and multi-level effort that includes universal design and attention to the entire journey. The Zero Project is made up of 28 renowned disability and accessibility experts.
The accolade recognised that: all 35 MyCiTi stations and 161 roadside bus stops are universally accessible; all 379 busses have level boarding, spaces for wheelchairs and an audio LED screen; there is a 22,4 km network of accessible walking and cycling pathways; and 15000 daily passengers have been recorded (2013).
Special needs passengers include, amongst others, people in wheelchairs, those with hearing and visual impairments, the elderly, young children, people carrying heavy baggage, and women travelling alone at night.
“We are pleased that the MyCiTi team’s contribution towards the creation of an inclusive city has been recognised,” adds Councillor Herron.