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    Aanas Ruhomaully

    Introduction

    Traffic congestion is a major issue in the Republic of Mauritius. With an average yearly increase of around 5 % (See Ref. 1) in terms of vehicles registered for the past 10 years, combined with limited road space, rising emissions of greenhouse gases from the transport sector (See Ref. 2) and causing significant costs to the economy (see Ref. 3), addressing this issue is thus of national and urgent concern. In line with the sustainable transport strategy of the Government of Mauritius and with emerging trends globally to address traffic issues, the setting up of a bike lane and the implementation of a bicycle sharing scheme is being proposed.

    The project is innovative (i.e. it differs from mainstream practices in the Republic of Mauritius regarding preferred modes of transportation), tackles a persistent problem (i.e. traffic jam and its health and environmental impacts), and addresses a problem that is complex in nature – thereby espousing the definitions of “Grand Challenges” as required by the Mauritius Research Council.

    Rationale

    Phase 1 of the Metro Express (Port Louis to Rose Hill) is due to be completed in September 2019 while the second phase should see the Metro Express reach Curepipe through Quatre Bornes and Vacoas among other regions. At this stage, regions like Ebène and Le Réduit, home to the Cyber City and the University of Mauritius respectively, and with a significant population of expatriates, young professionals and students, are not expected to be serviced by the metro. A case is being made to link the Metro Express (from the Rose Hill interchange) to Ebène and Le Réduit via a bike lane and the implementation of a bicycle sharing scheme.

    Benefits

     

    Implementation of such a scheme would lead to the following:

    • Reduction in traffic congestion leading to reduced stress and improvement in productivity of workforce.
    • Improvement in ‘last mile’ connectivity.
    • Improvement in health of bicycle users particularly in terms of cardio-vascular issues.
    • Reduction in fuel consumption leading to a positive effect on balance of payment
    • Reduction in CO2 and other emissions thereby improving air quality.
    • Job creation opportunities.

    Additionally, the project provides:

    • for a pilot case with potential for replication along the Metro Express route and also in other locations including central business districts, smart cities and outer islands throughout the Republic of Mauritius.
    • an opportunity to attract and coordinate contributions from government and the private sector.
    • the basis of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of national actors.
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