The word gridlock can barely describe the almost awe inspiring traffic mash-up that happens as a daily occurrence in the city of Johannesburg, but the implementation of a new auto-rickshaw service may help in relieving some of that congestion – or, at least adding the funky looking three-wheelers to the mix for a little bit of variety.
Car-crazy Johannesburg is about to get its first fleet of auto-rickshaws, the distinctive three-wheelers that dominate streets of the Indian subcontinent.
For residents of South Africa’s most populous city, the cart-like, combustion-engine pedicabs carry the promise of an economical, eco-friendly solution to urban transportation demands. With more than 900,000 cars for its 3.8-million inhabitants, Johannesburg, says a 2010 report by the International Association of Public Transport, boasts the continent’s highest vehicles-to-people ratio.
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