As concerns about climate change and environmental impact grow, finding newer ways to travel becomes increasingly important.
In this article, we’ll explore various methods of green transportation in Cape Town, highlighting eco-friendly options that allow residents and visitors to experience the city while minimising their carbon footprint.
From bicycles and buses to electric cars and skateboards, here are 14 greener ways to get around Cape Town that prioritise both mobility and champions environmental consciousness.
Walking and bicycle routes
The city is fast developing non-motorised transport (NMT) routes. This can be found along streets, major roads and greenbelts in the central city. There are also separate, high-quality cycling paths all over Cape Town.
The NMT routes are placed around public transport networks for easy access and connections to buses and trains. On busier roads, the lanes are wider and painted on the roadway and along green belts.
You can limit your personal impact on the earth by using the MyCiTi Bus system, a reliable public transportation option in Cape Town. These buses drive on dedicated bus lanes, helping to cut congestion and reduce overall vehicle emissions while ensuring efficient and sustainable commuting.
Cape Town’s Metrorail provides an affordable and more eco-friendly way to travel longer distances within the city and its surrounding areas. Trains generally emit fewer greenhouse gases compared to individual vehicles.
Electric vehicle (EV) rentals
Several car rental agencies in Cape Town offer electric vehicles for rent. Consider renting an EV to explore the city while producing zero tailpipe emissions.
E-hailing taxi services
Utilise e-hailing apps that offer electric or hybrid vehicle options. These services provide convenient and sustainable transportation alternatives, with lower emissions compared to traditional taxis.
Subhead: City Sightseeing Bus
The City Sightseeing Bus is a hop-on-hop-off bus service that covers popular tourist destinations. Their fleet is continually upgraded to ensure super-low carbon emissions and compliance with Euro Emission Standards for environmental impact.
Electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular in many cities, including Cape Town. These emission-free vehicles are a convenient and eco-friendly way to navigate shorter distances within the city.
Traditional and electric skateboards
Electric skateboards are gaining popularity as a fun and eco-friendly mode of personal transportation. They offer a green alternative for short-distance travel within the city. Alternatively, use a traditional skateboard – healthy for you and the environment.
Electric bicycles (e-bikes) provide an assisted pedalling experience, making it easier to tackle hills and longer distances. They are an energy-efficient mode of transportation and are ideal for commuting or exploring Cape Town’s scenic routes.
Segways are self-balancing electric personal transportation devices that offer a fun and eco-friendly way to navigate the city. They are particularly suitable for shorter trips or sightseeing, like the popular Spier Vineyard Segway tour.