Nairobi redirects funds to boost pedestrian safety
Most residents of Nairobi walk or bicycle, yet the city’s design overwhelming favors vehicles. The result is a disproportionately high number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities.
Hilary Nicole Zainab Ervin, Nairobi community manager for Urb.im, reports that Kenya’s capital has responded with a plan to enhance safety by allocating more funds for non-motorized transport.
The proposal released by the Nairobi City Council would redirect 20 percent of road funding toward new sidewalks, footpaths, bike lanes, green space and public transport. “The aim of the policy is to fully integrate non-motorized transport into the wider Nairobi transportation system,” Ervin writes.
Walking is the main commuting and travel choice for more than half of Nairobians. An estimated 60 percent of the city’s residents either walk or cycle daily, the article says. Nairobi’s first public opinion poll on transportation finds that most residents feel excluded from planning. There’s also strong support for reduced speed limits, especially near schools, and more pedestrian and bike lanes.