Carpooling: a solution to traffic congestion and carbon emissions
The City of Cape Town recently proposed a policy change to combat rising traffic congestion levels throughout the country. Carpooling was put forward as a key solution, alongside flexible working hours and remote offices. Whilst the latter two require changes in company policy, carpooling requires a shift in commuter attitudes.
At present, only 2% of South Africans utilize carpooling services and lift clubs. With 1.6 million private cars on the road in the Western Cape and Gauteng alone, this is a shamefully low figure. It points to a need for initiatives to normalize ridesharing and bring carpool benefits to the forefront in order to create the shift needed for traditional commuters.
Some key figures: • Capetonians waste 42 minutes a day in traffic
• South African businesses lose R1,1 billion every month due to traffic congestion
• South Africa emits 8.9 tonnes of Co2 per person per year
• Air pollution kills 20,000 people per year in South Africa
These figures are pretty shocking. They speak to the environmentalist, the business owner and to the general public. However, it’s not enough to present data and expect that to translate into change. We need to contextualize our findings.
What would you do with an extra 42 minutes a day? See that friend you haven’t seen in ages for a coffee, walk your dog, squeeze in a run or yoga session, read that book you haven’t touched in months, go to bed early. An extra 42 minutes for your well-being. It’s time you can take back and make your own.
Save money, save the environment and save yourself: start by sharing a ride.