In Kenya non-motorized transport is the most widely used mode of transport. In Nairobi, about 60% people walk for their daily trips. Despite being the dominant mode of transport in Kenya, NMT is least considered in transport planning and investments. The majority of road infrastructure investments in Kenya are channeled towards building roads to facilitate efficient movement of vehicles as opposed to movement of the majority of road users who in this case are pedestrians and cyclists.
The UN Environment Share the Road Programme – with the support of the FIA Foundation – helped the Nairobi City County Government launch an NMT Policy for Nairobi which included a first of its kind commitment in Africa – earmarking 20% of their road construction budget to NMT investment.
The Nairobi NMT Policy is an exemplar in many respects, particularly when it comes to intensive stakeholder engagement, and developing clear indicators and goals, linking measurable outputs and outcomes to objectives.
The policy subtitled ‘Towards NMT as a mode of choice’, aims to develop and maintain a transport system that fully integrates NMT as part of the Nairobi transport system. It provides a clear set of actions and aims, as well as an action and implementation plan, a pilot project/evaluate approach, as well as a ‘quick wins package’ – ‘interventions that can be implemented in a short time using existing general information, using small investments at many locations, and having high easily measurable immediate impacts’.
Check out the Nairobi Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) policy here.