The eThekwini Municipality is currently in the process of developing a Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) Plan for the eThekwini Municipal Area (EMA). Non Motorised Transport (NMT) involves all forms of transport that are human powered, and include walking, cycling, animal powered transport, variants such as small wheeled transport (skates, skateboards, push scooters and hand carts) and wheelchair travel.

This project aims to consolidate and expand on previous City initiatives; to develop a comprehensive and integrated NMT plan, with particular regard to walking, cycling and special needs mobility within the following priority areas: Commuting, Recreation, Tourism, Sport, Special Events and Scholars.

As part of this process the eThekwini Transport Authority is seeking to engage with all interested and affected parties, including inter alia ; civil society, NGO’s, community forums, sporting bodies or clubs, tourism authorities, business, event management companies, and educational authorities to support and enhance its efforts in promoting and increasing NMT as a form of transport within the EMA.

Mr Manoj Rampersad, Senior Manager of Transport Planning said, “The establishment of the NMT Interest Group Forum is aimed at creating a platform for engagement between the Municipality and key stakeholders to assist in identifying key issues, problems, opportunities and constraints within each priority area, and to develop appropriate strategies in response to these key issues.”
‘We would also like to see this group forum developing appropriate design guidelines in response to the needs of the various user groups”, added Manoj.

All interested persons are requested to submit their full name, contact details, affiliation (if applicable) and a brief description of their area of interest, before Friday 02 March 2012 to Mr Manoj Rampersad, Senior Manager: Transport Planning Strategic Transport Planning Department or call 031 311 7241
Interested groups can post their details to P O Box 680, Durban, 4000 or by fax 031 311 7695 or by email: rampersadm@durban.gov.za