The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is set to spend Sh1.4 billion to build pedestrian and cycling lanes in estates surrounding the city.

This is part of the government’s efforts to enhance walking spaces and encourage the use of bicycles by city residents.The project, which was first rolled out in Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), is expected to cover a total of 116 kilometers. In the first phase of the project, NMS installed walking and cycling lanes on Kenyatta Avenue, Wabera, and Muindu Mbingu streets in the city centre.
The agency will set up such lanes in Nairobi estates with the aim of providing safety and decongesting the city. “The Non-Motorised Transport corridors, (red for cyclists, grey for pedestrians), are currently being expanded in surrounding estates. The project is expected to cover a total of 116km,” NMS said in a statement.

The agency has also embarked on greening and beautifying pedestrian and cycling lanes. NMS director-general Maj-Gen Mohamed Badi has warned city residents against encroachment, littering, and parking along the corridors, and directed licensed vendors to have their displays at least two meters away from the walkways.

The NMT project has been divided into three phases with the first phase covering 36km in Eastlands. The second phase will cover 55km from the city center to Westlands then to Ngong Road. The last phase will cover the CBD to Industrial Area, from UpperHill through CBD to Jogoo Road and from Agakhan Walk to Parliament Road.