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August 03, 2011

MyCiTi team “delighted” about Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 shortlisting

cape town bus

The MyCiTi bus. Photo provided by the City of Cape Town

The MyCiTi Integrated Rapid Project Team is delighted that Cape Town has been shortlisted as one of the top three contenders for the World Design Capital 2014 (WDC) award, and congratulates the Cape Town Partnership on co-ordinating an outstanding bid.

The City of Cape Town mandated the Partnership to co-ordinate the city’s bid, and the MyCiTi team wholly supports the bid. When the adjudicators of the World Design Capital award visited the city in July to assess the bid they visited the MyCiTi system, along with other key design highlights in the city.

The city’s bid book describes the new MyCiTi system as one of several design elements aiming to “change lives”. In the case of MyCiTi, using transport to connect Capetonians to new opportunities for work, education and entertainment is doing this.

In Cape Town’s bid book the key functional elements of MyCiTi are described as having the objective of ensuring speedy, safe and comfortable journeys on the system. These include bus-ways in the middle of the road, an automatic fare collection system and safety features. The book acknowledges that such transport systems are essential to alleviate congestion, ensure the sustainability of the city, and ultimately encourage people-friendly spaces.

Along with the functional aspects of the system, the aesthetic elements have also been carefully designed and represent an investment from the municipality in quality public open spaces that create dignified spaces for residents and visitors.

“As MyCiTi expands across Cape Town, more people will be using our system and we want to ensure the experience is pleasant and safe,” said Councillor Brett Herron, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport, Roads and Stormwater. “By creating stations that are attractive, pedestrian infrastructure and walkways that are well designed, and promoting opportunities for local artists, MyCiTi is contributing to a design-friendly city.”

Some of the key design elements of MyCiTi highlighted as part of its WDC bid are large open plazas around some main stations and at key intersections, and works by local artists at the main stations to commemorate the city’s history and give the stations a local character.

Users of the MyCiTi service have become accustomed to historical murals celebrating Green Point Common’s heritage at the Stadium Station, glass sandblasting “views” of Cape Town and South Africa’s history at the station at Cape Town Airport, and vinyl installations of Cape Town past, present, future and imagined at Civic Centre Station. Complementing the architecture of buildings is attractive, indigenous landscaping, using mostly flowering plants and bulbs, all the way along the main route between the City Centre and Table View, and as main routes extend.

“The MyCiTi team is holding thumbs that Cape Town is successfully announced as World Design Capital 2014, and we will continue to use the development of the MyCiTi infrastructure to build Cape Town’s brand as a centre of design excellence,” said Cllr Herron.

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