After a long break since our previous meeting , we reconvened for a meeting to discuss the results of the survey. This information had been processed into a report by “The Green House”. The main focus of this report was the Carbon Footprint Calculation and recommendations on how to reduce traffic congestion around the school. We also used this as an opportunity to invite other players who could contribute to the projecting going forward. I found the presentation by uGoMyWay very interesting , the idea of a Ring fenced (in terms of Wynberg Parents) ride sharing service is certainly an appealing idea, almost like a modern day equivalent of the traditional school lift club.
Meeting notes: Scholar Transport pilot, Friday 5 May 2017
- Survey results and travel patterns
Dr Brett Cohen, Principal Consultant, The Green House
- CoCT Travel Demand Management Strategy and Grove “walk to school” experience
Nicky Sasman, Sustainable Development Facilitator and Project Manager, City of Cape Town
- Carpooling with uGoMyWay
Chris Meghan, Co-Founder, uGoMyWay
Open discussion about solutions
- Has the biggest potential to reduce GHG emissions as 80%+ go to/from school by car and around 50% of survey respondents mentioned carpooling as an alternative
- Hurdle: We need to get clarity about the TCT Safely to School Guide which mentions that any transport for reward/ profit requires the provider to register and have a PDP.
- The uGoMyWay system has built in settlement which can be ‘’turned off’’ for this pilot but does not provide a long term solution and does not ideally fit their business model
- More info on uGoMyWay for schools: http://ugomyway.com/rideshare-for-schools/
Walking and Cycling
- Most students within a 3 km radius gets dropped off by car, they could potentially walk per occasion
- Walking not the best option at Boys school, boys have to always be seen in school uniform even after sports
- Start culture of walking at early school phase
- We can look at and learn from Grove ‘’walk to school’’
- Hardly anyone cycles to school were around 10% mentioned they could alternatively consider cycling.
- Safety concerns are the most important hurldles to increase NMT
- We should aim at retaining current public transport users, especially minibus taxis users
- Busses are not the most efficient option at Wynberg
- We did not get to discuss Uber at the meeting
- 40% of survey respondents mention Uber as an alternative
It is clear that we first need school management and the board of governors to ‘’sign off’’ on the proposed solutions before we can go ahead and implement.
- WBHS and WGHS representatives to help WFF set up the meeting with the Campus Of Schools and ultimately board of governors and assist in the design of proposed solutions to ensure buy-in
- WWF to prepare a solutions document that can be presented
- WWF must obtain clarity regarding carpooling reward/ profit hurdle from Lee van den Berg (safe to school and back regulations)
Proposed outline of the meeting with Campus of Schools
- Project overview (5min)
- Outline of data collected (10min)
- Benefits (5min)
- Package of solutions (10min)
After the meeting I was left with a real sense of possibility for the project. We have a fantastic diversity of perspectives and skills in the group and we all seem focused around the core objectives.
* Update: We have just managed to schedule a presentation meeting with management and stakeholders from the Wynberg Campus of Schools. The meeting will take place in late August.