This City Just Made Its First Steps Towards Curbing Global Warming

Though many would view this initiative that has taken place in Bulawayo as not much of a big deal, the truth of the matter is that when the leaders of Cities start to note their need for going green then we’re making headway towards combating climate change.

Just recently, President Robert Mugabe was in France, at the opening of the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP21) and himself stated that “urgent corrective measures and actions based on tenates of equity and justice must be taken to avert the impending disaster”.

So, it’s great to see the City of Bulawayo making strides to go ‘green’.

First Solar Traffic Lights

Bulawayo solar traffic lightsImage Credit: The City of Bulawayo Facebook Page

These were the first solar traffic lights to be installed in the city, at the intersection of Cecil Avenue and Coghlan Road, which has been deemed to be a black spot for a number of car accidents. This was all done at a cost of US$8,000.

Not Really First Step Though

Bulawayo solar traffic lights Image Credit: The City of Bulawayo Facebook Page

The City has invested US$300,000 already, by obtaining Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology that use much less electricity, thus allowing them to save much needed money on their electricity bill. The lighting from the LED lights are much brighter than conventional traffic lights.

First Of Many

Bulawayo solar traffic lights Image Credit: The City of Bulawayo Facebook Page

In total the City will install solar traffic lights at 90 intersections around the city thus enabling there to be continual traffic control as there will be minimal disturbances from the consistent power cuts that we experience.

More Than Just Solar Traffic Lights

Bulawayo solar traffic lights Image Credit: The City of Bulawayo Facebook Page

At the commissioning of the traffic lights, it was revealed that the City had also undertaken road rehabilitation, with over 50km of road being resealed and/or regravelled and about 5km being reconstructed. This was made possible with collaborative efforts between the City, residents and a contractor.

Well done Bulawayo.