In 2011, the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) and the Ugandan Ministry of Works and Transport identified the need to develop a policy for Non-Motorised Transport (NMT). Some of the reasons for this were:
- walking and cycling space limited or even nonexistent along roads and lack of dedicated cycling and walking lanes;
- unhealthy (poor air quality, noise pollution) and unsafe environment (narrow streets, lack of safety barriers/guardrails); and
- pavements and footways often encroached on by vendors.
The policy was introduced in 2012 and recognised the importance of walking and bicycling as non-polluting, sustainable, environmentally friendly and healthy transport options. It also highlighted the need for the promotion of non-motorised transport technologies where bicycle designs are suitable for users, readily available and affordable.
One of the major projects for the city of Kampala is the introduction of Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) along Namirembe road. This road will be exclusively turned into an non-motorized transport road where walking and cycling (active mobility) are promoted. In order to achieve buy-in from local stakeholders the i-CMiiST Kampala team is designing innovative ways to create awareness for the project. These are intended to help change local people’s behaviour and attitude towards using such means of transport.
Location: Namirembe Road, Kampala
One of the major projects for the city of Kampala is the introduction of NMT along Namirembe road -Luwum Street Corridor and part of some neighbouring streets; altogether covering a total length of about 3.5km. The proposal is to convert one of the existing vehicular lanes into 2 bicycle lanes and will include new pedestrian zone with pedestrian areas, bicycle facilities and greenspaces around the old taxi park.It will link with the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System.
In order to achieve buy-in from local stakeholders the i-CMiiST Kampala team (kamp – kampala active mobility project) is designing innovative ways to create awareness for the project. These are intended to help change local people’s behaviour and attitude towards the re-design of the area and of using such means of transport.
Firstly, the team will undertake baseline surveys to understand people’s perceptions about mobility challenges, accessibility issues and their attitudes. They will use participant observation surveys and interviews to gain this information and supplement this with videos and photos of key issues and locations. They will also undertake three place-making activities to engage with stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences about the mobility challenges they face, as well as identifying solutions.. A collective of creative artists will visit the street and using different expressive artistic styles e.g. light painting, use of emojis, street, gaming, performance arts, apps etc. to foster communication and dialogue with the public.
The KAMP team have spoken to some of the different road users to hear about the challenges they face along the road and what they think about the plans to improve it.
In order to gain a better appreciation of these challenges, the KAMP Team have used wearable cameras to identify what are the issues people have to face on a daily basis along the road.
Video: What is it like to walk along Namirembe Rd?
(video from the KAMP team using wearable cameras)