Urban life

With the ever increasing development of inner and fringe city residential developments, more and more people are relying less on their vehicles for commuting purposes.

Based on an article in a recent issue of the UK's The Economist, the amount of kilometres driven per person in the first world is now falling on an annual basis, while the figure is rapidly increasing in the developing world. B

Many property experts agrees that people will no longer accept the two or three hours a day that commuting in and out of central Johannesburg or Cape Town at peak periods inevitably involves - nor will they accept the high fuel prices which have often overtaken the family’s food bill today.

Worldwide excessive commuting is now no longer acceptable and is seen as a terrible waste of time. To quote The Economist again, "Young people are falling out of love with cars.”

In line with this trend, ongoing high density residential development in the inner cities and on their fringes is becoming more popular and attractive. Several developments in Cape Town have recently shown that buyers of sectional title units on the city fringe are now prepared to pay very high for apartments which are luxuriously fitted out and which reduce their travelling times to a few minutes each day.

Will we see the evolution of our big cities into cycle friendly cities and the Gautrain becoming even more popular with commuters?

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