Streets comprise more than 80% of public space in most cities, but in most cases, there are no provisions for space where people can safely walk, cycle, drive and socialize.

In moist of Kenya’s urban cities, the practice is to design streets with the only goal being to facilitate movement of vehicles. However, this is bound to change as the Government is putting measures in place to ensure development of complete streets in Kenya’s urban areas. This was revealed during a policy dialogue forum on complete streets and urban design guidelines organized by Kara in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) of Columbia University, New York.

In a statement read on her behalf by Eng. John Maina , the Principal Secretary, State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Arch. Aidah Munano stated that through the Nairobi Metropolitan Service Improvement Project (NaMSIP), a number of activities have been rolled out to ensure that streets in Nairobi Metropolitan area are user friendly both for the motorists and non motorized transport users. The Government is also continuously seeking partnership with the private sector on urban design and streetscaping. “This is to create momentum for greater urban design uptake by demonstrating the value of urban design in the whole concept of complete streets and sustainable development” she said…. Clickheretoreadthefullstatement

Speaking at the same forum, Mr. Samuel Musumba of National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) pointed out that 75% of road fatalities in Nairobi involve pedestrians. According to Mr. Musumba some of the high risk roads in Nairobi and the number of lives lost in these roads last year are: Mombasa Road (59), Thika Road (50), Southern Bypass (15), Eastern Bypass (33), Northern Bypass(30), North Airport Road (13), Kangudo Road (31). To address these challenges, NTSA  is focusing on advocating for installation of footbridges, street lighting, road marking, recruiting safety marshals, enhancing speed monitoring and sensitization of road users.