Cycling in the City: Mumtaz Chohan-Gani

Cycling in the City is a special Transport Month 2013 feature interviewing cyclists about their experiences as a cyclist in different communities and cities.

“Johannesburg is a spatially outstretched city with a heavy car dominated grid. Suburbs are separated by freeways and traffic congested roads.

Marlboro Gardens is a suburb in the Sandton area which is characterized by individual dwellings. The recent Gautrain Station in Marlboro allows connections between the Sandton CBD area, O.R Tambo International Airport, and the Inner City. However, since urban development frameworks are still largely based on vehicular movement, the cyclist is left with little choice in feeding into the public transportation network with their bicycles. Roads are unsafe and designed for fast moving cars, leaving the cyclist at a risk.
A connection between the Gautrain and Bus Rapid Transit networks and cycle lanes would be most beneficial in lowering the carbon footprint of Joburger’s.”

Name: Mumtaz Chohan-Gani
Profession/Job/Title: Biokineticist
Town: Johannesburg

 1. In which areas do you cycle and why? 
In and around my home in Marlboro Gardens, Johannesburg- I would love to cycle elsewhere  but I am afraid of being mugged or hit by a car.
2. Which three things, can government do to help your cycling experience?
Paint cycle lanes and increase police vigilance.
3. What role can citizens play in promoting cycling and inspiring others to cycle?
Being more aware of road safety with regards to cyclists. 
4. Which 1 cool or innovative idea, with no budget constraints,  would you like to see in Johannesburg to support cycling and cyclists?
“rent a bike”- to have stations where citizens can pick a bike , use it in and around their city and then bring it back for a refund of their deposit. These would be situated at bus stops, train stations, etc
5. Why do you love cycling? 
I love staying fit while doing an activity that is outdoors
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