The Nairobi City County Assembly has adopted the Non Motorized Transport (NMT) Policy whose objective is to provide a framework for harmonization, prioritization and coordination of NMT infrastructure, facility development and maintenance in Nairobi.

The policy, whose formulation was championed by Kara in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other key stakeholders in the transport sector, was officially handed over to the County Executive in March 2015. Since then, the County Executive and Kara have been working very closely to have the policy adopted by the County Assembly.

With the adoption, the policy is now fully enacted and ready for implementation by the County Executive. What this means is that the transportation needs of the more than 48% of Nairobi population who use NMT mode (walking or cycling) will be effectively addressed. Among the key provisions of the policy is the requirement for the County Government to allocate up to 20% of its roads and transport budget to development of NMT infrastructure and facility. In a nutshell, if properly implemented, the policy will make Nairobi transit oriented and walkable leading to positive impacts such as reduced traffic congestion, improved public health and better access to economic opportunity for all.

Moving forward, Kara in collaboration with other stakeholders will focus on pushing for the implementation of the policy. Additionally, we will commence the process of formulating NMT Bill to provide a comprehensive legislative framework that will support NMT agenda.