select
|

Eco-friendly e-bikes for Sandton Central

Growthpoint Properties recently introduced the first electronic bike hubs to Sandton Central in a pilot project that pioneers a new, convenient and environmentally innovative alternative mode of transport for South Africa’s financial hub.


E de Klerk and W van Antwerpen

The e-bike project adds a new service for Growthpoint’s clients, staff and guests. Starting with staff, the project has been running for two weeks, and is already proving popular.

The city’s first public e-bicycle hubs are directly opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station at 138 West Street building and outside The Place at 1 Sandton Drive, which are both owned by Growthpoint.

The launch fleet of 20 Growthpoint branded e-bicycles look just like conventional bikes, but are fitted with electric motors. If the pilot project proves to be successful, more hubs will be installed at Sandton’s leading businesses and destinations, and more bikes will be added to the fleet.

Growthpoint managing director, Estienne de Klerk, says this initiative introduces a different, convenient, eco-friendly way of getting around Sandton Central, and helps people move between Sandton Gautrain Station and The Place more efficiently.

“We believe it will create a greater cycling culture and scheme in Sandton, improve traffic congestion, reduce harmful emissions and simply make it easier to move around South Africa’s financial district.”

Growthpoint, South Africa’s largest REIT and a JSE ALSI Top 40 Index company, is recognised as a leader in green building. It is a Platinum Founding Member of the Green Building Council South Africa, and owns or co-owns the largest portfolio of Green Star SA certified buildings of any company in South Africa.

Werner van Antwerpen, who heads up Growthpoint’s sustainability division, says: “As a responsible property owner, manager and developer, Growthpoint is acutely aware that as our suburbs and cities expand, traffic congestion will intensify. It is imperative to explore alternative modes of transport.”

He says Growthpoint has been exploring the possibility of introducing e-bicycles to Sandton for some time now. If the first stage of the project proves practical, and van Antwerpen is confident it will, the initiative will grow. He says Growthpoint staff members are already using the e-bikes to attend meetings, take lunch breaks and do shopping. Although they are mostly used for travel between the office and the Gautrain station, they are also proving to be a great green business tool with the company’s building managers biking between Growthpoint’s different properties in the Sandton Central node.

“There’s an opportunity for many more hubs to be installed around this business centre,” says van Antwerpen.

“The City of Johannesburg has said it is committed to becoming bicycle-friendly. Already, this e-bicycle project has attracted keen interest from several companies in our significant portfolio of Sandton Central office buildings, and other businesses too, who are eager for their own e-bike charging hubs. We also believe this initiative will help make Growthpoint’s buildings more attractive to Gautrain users.”

The e-bikes are supplied by GreenCycles, which shares Growthpoint’s vision of greener, cleaner places to work and live.

“One of the big advantages of using these e-bikes is that you don’t have to be super fit. They’re fitted with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that can be charged like a cellphone. E-bikers can arrive at the office looking and feeling cool,” says de Klerk.

Electric bicycles contribute to lower CO2 emissions, cleaner air, and less traffic congestion. In addition, the e-bike charging hub opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station is solar powered.

“Growthpoint’s GreenCycles are convenient, free and fun,” says van Antwerpen. “Bikes are checked out using a formal pre-booking service on the www.greencycles.co.za website. They can be collected from the charging hubs at 138 West Street, opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station, and in front of the guardhouse at The Place at 1 Sandton Drive.

Each e-bike is tracked by means of GPS, which provides an exact breakdown of how many kilometres it has done. Intended for short trips around the Sandton Central neighbourhood, a bike can be booked for several hours before it needs to be returned to the docking station.


  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
  
2000
Characters remaining


    Latest Property News
    • 20 Apr 2018
      Whenever changes in the political ecosystem of a traditional property market create uncertainty, smart investors begin to look elsewhere for new opportunities. Property experts at IP Global have analysed the trends and crunched the numbers to find new markets to explore in Europe and the United States.
    • 20 Apr 2018
      Energy and water self-sufficiency are increasingly important factors in home buyers’ choice of property – especially in Cape Town where the extreme drought of the past few years has made municipal supply costly as well as uncertain.
    • 19 Apr 2018
      During the last decade, rampant development has progressively transformed Cape Town’s property landscape with densification being the order of the day, but there are still one or two hidden gems like Scarborough which have retained their original character, offering an inimitable lifestyle and an attractive investment opportunity.
    • 19 Apr 2018
      The rental market is a cut-throat sector of the real estate market that waits for nobody. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, first-time renters need to be fully prepared before they even start the process of looking for a place to rent in order to avoid the disappointment of losing out on their ideal property.
    • 19 Apr 2018
      Choosing to buy your first home instead of continuing to rent is a big decision that will usually take some time to put into action, but the sooner you can save up a sizeable deposit, the closer you will be to reaching your goal.
    • 18 Apr 2018
      Selling your home is no small task and as you will quickly find out, there are a lot of misconceptions about the process. Gerhard van der Linde, Seeff's MD in Pretoria East lists the top 5 misconceptions when you are selling your home.
    • 18 Apr 2018
      The Cape Town municipality is now installing water-management devices at properties that have been non-compliant with the new level 5 water restrictions and there are talks of fines between R5,000 and R10,000 for households that use too much water.
    • 17 Apr 2018
      The recent interest rate cut has stoked the coals in the first-time buyer’s market. At least for the next two months until the next interest rate announcement, homeowners are guaranteed lower monthly instalments than in the previous quarter. But, is it wise to take out a 100% bond just to enter the property market while interest rates are low?
        
    X
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Name  
    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    select
    X
    Share this Page

       
    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    About
    Connect with us
    FEEDBACK