PROJECT: Promoting Non-Motorized Transport in Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi is one of Africa’s fastest growing megacities, with a population of over four million inhabitants. If car-oriented planning continues to dominate, it will lock the city into unsustainable carbon-intensive infrastructure and exacerbate the adverse effects of climate change.
In Nairobi, nearly fifty percent of all daily trips are made by walking and cycling. Non-motorized transport (NMT) plays an important role in increasing access to basic services, decongesting cities, improving air quality and promoting healthier lifestyles. Despite NMT being the most popular means of transport in Nairobi, used by nearly half of the residents, key challenges related to poor infrastructure, safety of users and public awareness on usage of NMT facilities remain. This makes it necessary to invest in an integrated transport system, including NMT infrastructure, that serves the needs of Nairobi residents, while safeguarding the environment.
- Enhance the existing knowledge base on NMT in Nairobi through examining current data gaps along Nairobi’s major NMT corridors.
- Support NMS and other road agencies with ongoing public awareness initiatives on NMT facilities, usage and benefits.
- Publish useful co-produced knowledge products that can be helpful in creating enhanced public awareness and supporting NMS in achieving its NMT objectives.
As part of this engagement, CDKN has partnered with Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) on the following:
- Characterizing users on Nairobi’s major NMT corridors.
- Undertaking safety audits on Nairobi’s top 10 deadliest corridors.
- Identifying infrastructural and safety challenges faced by NMT users and how to address them.
- Identifying trends that can be used in creating public awareness and supporting road authorities in future NMT development in Nairobi.
- Production of actionable knowledge products.
- Organising forums to bring key stakeholders together, including peer learning opportunities with other major Kenyan cities.
The project’s key outputs are:
- A comprehensive study commissioned to examine NMT user, safety and infrastructure trends, with the aim of recommending ways to improve the Nairobi NMT experience.
- A forum report on the “Nairobi NMT Governance Forum” organised to present the study findings and buttress commitment from all road agencies to support inter-agency collaboration towards an improved NMT experience. The study has been formally adopted by Nairobi Metropolitan Services as guide for NMT improvement.
- A “Nairobi Non-Motorized Transport Newsletter series”:
Issue 1: Air Quality
Issue 2: Pedestrianization: Users
Issue 3: Pedestrianization: Safety
Issue 4: Pedestrianization: Infrastructure
Issue 5: Cycling
- An infographic on “Multi-Level Governance on NMT in Nairobi” depicting the responsibilities of various agencies across national and sub-national government in relation to NMT while highlighting areas of collaboration.
Timeframe: November 2019 – Present
Partners: Nairobi Metropolitan Services, Executive Office of the President
Cyclists (top): Critical Mass Nairobi during a pro-cycling campaign. Courtesy of Critical Mass Nairobi
Pedestrians (bottom): Pedestrians on a Kenyan street. Courtesy of Billy Miaron, Shutterstock