Transport for the future – Eco-Logic Finalists

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This Award recognises a product or service that reduces environmental impact in Transport. Read how five projects are saving rhinos, reducing emissions, encouraging lift-sharing, solving vehicle running-costs and promoting cycling.

TRANSPORT AWARD SPONSORED BY SANRAL

 

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‘It helps that our children now arrive easily to school. BEN’s training was also responsible for the kids being able to repair and maintain their bikes themselves.’ -Rural School Headmaster

Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN)

BEN promotes safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable mobility for all South Africans. We also aim to alleviate poverty, create jobs and provide access to education through the use of bicycles. A bicycle is a fun, eco-friendly mode of transport, providing people with affordable access to health, education and employment opportunities in and outside their communities. BEN also raises the profile of cycling through lobbying, advocacy and partnerships that highlight the need for a safe cycling environment.

Our network of Bicycling Empowerment Centres empowers communities to access low-cost bicycles. Since 2002, we have distributed nearly 20000 bicycles in total, transforming lives through providing affordable and sustainable mobility to those who need it most.

BEN has also trained learners from several Western Cape schools in bike safety and basic repairs. Promoting safe cycling habits for transport-strapped learners – particularly those living far from their schools – enables them to improve their family circumstances through education.

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BEN trains communities in bicycle repairs

 

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BEN works with Western Cape schools to promote safe cycling habits

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 By the time it takes you to read this, a rhino somewhere in Africa will have likely been butchered for its horn. Driving change, Imperial Green Mobility has developed an innovative anti-poaching solution to help protect these iconic creatures.

 

 Electric Utility Vehicles /Anti-Poaching Mobility – Imperial Green Mobility

 

Imperial Green Mobility is completely devoted to helping drive change.

Whether it’s donating electric all-terrain safari vehicles to anti-poaching programmes in an effort to save our rhinos, collaborating with the security sector by providing SE3 Patrollers to help in the fight against crime, helping other companies achieve sustainability, empowering the youth, or improving the lives of the elderly and disabled, Imperial Green Mobility remain committed to continuing to develop, research and provide off grid solutions for a greener world.

Globally recognised as a company that believes in saving the environment, Imperial Green Mobility strives to reduce carbon footprint wherever possible.

All their products have minimal or zero carbon emissions and have no hazardous chemicals that can affect the environment – guaranteed.

With their sights set on expanding beyond South Africa’s boarders, Imperial Green Mobility continue to establish agents and distributorships in many Sub-Saharan countries.

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Imperial Green Mobility has donated several electric all-terrain safari vehicles to anti-poaching programmes in an effort to save our rhinos.

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These vehicles provide an off-grid solution for a ‘green’ game reserve experience, while rangers use them to track rhino and deter poachers. Silent but tough, these units navigate tough terrain in perfect camouflage.

 

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We encourage and enable carpooling to help companies and individuals reduce CO2, transport costs, congestion and parking costs.

 

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FindaLift encourages and enables carpooling to help companies and individuals reduce CO2, transport costs, congestion and parking problems.

Once registered on Findalift.co.za, users can look for or offer lifts to others. This free resource enables people to add their journeys and be matched with others travelling their way.

Carpool programmes can be customised for organisations, government, green buildings, nodes and other communities who wish to travel together, giving restricted access to certain users and enabling environmental reporting – see www.gdard.findalift.co.za.

With almost 11 000 registered members, an approximate 210 000 unnecessary journeys have been prevented thanks to FindaLift. This translates to a reduction in Green House Gas emissions of about 600t carbon dioxide, 4t nitrogen oxide, 0.3t of particulate matter, 2t of carbon monoxide and 0.3t of hydrocarbons.

FindaLift has organised three annual Carpool Weeks that helps raise awareness and educates on the benefits of carpooling.

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Map illustrating FindaLift national member journeys

 

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National Car Pool week takes place in September each year.

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In a first for South Africa, Locomute offers ​a membership-based car sharing network that provides short-term access to vehicles

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Concerns about greenhouse gases and pollution, a chronic shortage of parking space, soaring insurance and upkeep costs and high fuel prices have prompted a growing number of urban dwellers to ditch owning a car in favour of car-sharing.
A form of collaborative consumption, the growing car-sharing movement promotes access as an alternative to ownership that enhances urban mobility solutions.

In a first for South Africa, Locomute offers a ​membership-based car sharing network that offers short-term access to vehicles.  Members have 24/7 access to a network of cars parked at central locations across the city, usually near other transportation and business hubs.

Members locate, reserve and unlock an unattended, self-service vehicle using either their mobile phones or by swiping a membership card over the card reader on the windscreen. Users pay only for kilometres travelled and are billed per hour – fuel, maintenance, insurance and parking are all included in the experience.

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Urban dwellers are increasingly choosing to ditch their cars and opt for car-sharing schemes such as Locomute

 

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Locomute’s a membership-based car sharing network is a first for Africa

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80% Of all urban vehicle trips are shorter than 4km, which is an extremely inefficient use of fuel burning cars, but would be ideal for an electric micro vehicle…like Mellowcabs

Mellowcabs

Mellowcabs’ new electric mini-cabs provide on-demand, eco-friendly and affordable urban taxi and transport services.

With 80 percent of all urban vehicle trips shorter than 4 km, these nifty little three-wheel cabs are convenient, low-cost and eco-friendly. Our mobile app seamlessly connects commuters and cabs, providing a practical, zero carbon emission alternative to a traditional taxi.

Our design philosophy seeks to reinvent public transport through the latest technological innovation.

Passenger fares, cargo delivery and advertising sales from branded vehicles provide a three-stream revenue source. Cargo deliveries will be facilitated through third party contracts.

www.mellowcabs.com

 

 

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These nifty little vehicles are effective moving bill-boards.

 

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Companies can buy advertising space on the Mellowcabs.