Kara in collaboration with Columbia Global Centers (CGC) Nairobi and the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) at the Earth Institute, organized a webinar on 11th December 2020 to discuss the state of urban transport infrastructure in Kenyan Cities.

Speakers who addressed the forum were; Mr. Chris Khost (Program Director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy), Mr. Constant Cap (Convener, Naipolitans), Ms. Carly Koinange (Global Programme Lead Share the Road Programme, UNEP), Ms. Jackie Klopp (Co-director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development) and Mr. Martin Eshiwani (Director, Roads and Transport, Nairobi Metropolitan Services).

Mr. Eshiwani stated that the County Government was privileged to have frameworks such as the Nairobi Non Motorised Transport Policy, the Nairobi Urban Mobility Plan and the Urban Street and Road Design Manual, which have enabled the County to develop NMT infrastructures across the City that are linked with other modes of transport. He said that the government had made notable strides in implementing the frameworks in order to improve the walking and cycling environment and to catalyze investment in non-motorized transport.  He noted that a total of 7.5km of NMTs were done in Nairobi in 2020. The government has also planned to increase NMT connectivity by 30km in the 2020/21 Financial Year, in order to create linkages across the residential, CBD, and industrial area. He also informed participants that NMS has prioritized improving NMT infrastructures in the informal settlements, and also partnered with KURA, KeNHA and UN Habitat to improve NMT along the Nairobi River.

Stakeholders in the transport sector lauded NMS for its efforts towards prioritizing non-motorized transport infrastructure across the city. Stakeholders agreed that non-motorized transport developments have inspired many residents in Nairobi to walk or cycle in the CBD, thereby contributing to improving health and air pollution. Participants at the webinar also shared some of the NMT challenges facing the major cities in Kenya, which included: poor road designs; lack of NMT facilities; tree cutting on ongoing road projects and poor public transport linkages. Stakeholders also agreed that there was need for continuous engagements with the County Governments to address the NMT challenges facing Kenyan cities.

The Webinar culminated with the official launch of the Popular Version of Nairobi County’s NMT Policy by Mr. Martin Eshiwani (Director, Roads and Transport, Nairobi Metropolitan Services). The popular version was developed to enhance public awareness about the NMT Policy. The document can be accessed here: http://www.Kara.or.ke/Nairobi%20NMT%20Policy%20Popular%20Version.pdf