KCCA to turn roads into bicycle lanes

KAMPALA: Kampala Capital City Authority will redesign a few roads around Kampala to create space for Non-Motorised Transport means such as bicycles and walk ways.

KCCA, in partnership with private sectors – the UN-Habitat, Goudappel African and Move Mobility, among others – will starting 2016 designate Namirembe Road and Luwum Street specifically for pedestrians and bicycles.

Mr Jacobs Byamukama, the KCCA transport and planning manager, said the project is aimed at creating a “smart moving Kampala” and promoting an environmentally friendly transport system.“Most cities, including Kampala, plan for only motorised transport but do not ask how many people are moving from one place to another in an efficient way. That is why there is need to have a public transport system that is fit for this purpose,” he said.

During a media briefing yesterday, Ms Aidah Amanda, a lecturer in the department of Urban Planning at Makerere University and a regional consultant for Goudappel African, said the pilot project – using bicycles and promoting walking on the streets of Kampala, will demonstrate to Ugandans that the two means of movement are not a reserve of the poor.“Once the state-of-the-art pilot Non-Motorised Transport zone is unveiled, Ugandans will realise the need to shift to more energy efficient and environmentally friendly transport means. This will reduce on air pollution and improve on the quality of public space in the city,” she said.

According to Ms Byamukama, once the project starts taking shape, streets from Rubaga Road junction to Mwanga II Road through Mackay Road – along the new taxi park to Luwum Street will become a no-go zone for vehicles and motorcycles.

Mr Andrew Kitaka, the KCCA director engineering, said the project has been well thought out and aims at creating more in Kampala as part of the wider transport integration programme that KCCA intends to put in place.KCCA has in the last few months announced a number of initiatives as part of the wider plan to decongest Kampala.

The new initiatives, including the use of electronic cables cars and establishing a passenger railway network will, according to KCCA provide alternative means of transports as well as ridding the city of unnecessary traffic jams.

However, critics say some of KCCA’s plans are too ambitious and cannot be achieved in the time-frame that the Authority is earmarking. Recently Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze said he would turn around the city.

Non-motorised transportThe project seeks to ease movement within Kampala without necessarily using vehicles or motorcycles. The project plans to popularise the use of bicycles and walk ways.

It is part of the wider UN-Habitat programmes that seek to promote environmentally friendly transport systems across the globe.It is being implemented by various organisations.

fmukisa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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