Share the Road’s goal is to promote systematic investment policies for walking and cycling in both government and donor agencies. In our current stages of work, Share the Road is focusing on national-level projects with interested governments in Africa. The mid-term goal is to build an Africa regional partnership for financing involving major donors – a public-private partnership that can support countries in responding to the great demand for safe, convenient and enjoyable walking and cycling.
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Kenya became the first pilot country for the Share the Road (StR) initiative in 2009, when UNEP began working with the government’s lead agency on urban roads, the Kenya Urban Road Authority (KURA). UNEP and KURA have worked together to develop the design for the rehabilitation of UN Avenue, a joint showcase road to promote non motorised transport (NMT) facilities. The design of the road features top-quality walking and cycling facilities, the first of its kind in Kenya and most of Africa. The most outstanding impact of the StR initiative has been in the close cooperation with KURA which led to not only the showcase road, but adoption of a policy change in 2011 by the Kenyan Government, to integrate walking and cycling facilities on all new urban road projects.
In October 2013, UNEP hosted the Kenya Civil Society Partnership Forum. The event brought together 35 organizations with a remit for NMT and Road Safety to discuss approaches and strategies for achieving sustainable urban mobility through collaborative and partnership working. The event was a great success with an agreement to set up a formal Kenya Civil Society Network for ongoing collaboration and partnership. In November – December 2013, UNEP hosted the second edition of the Training of Facilitators for Youth and Road Safety, at the UN Complex in Nairobi, Kenya. 14 youth leaders from a range of local and national Kenyan Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) were trained on key road safety theory and facilitation skills. During the training, an additional session on non-motorised transport was incorporated.
Uganda is Share the Road’s (StR) second pilot country. UNEP supported the MoWT and the First African Bicycle Information Organisation (FABIO) to develop a Non Motorised Transport (NMT) policy for Uganda. The national policy will address NMT issues in the country by increasing the recognition of walking and cycling in transport planning, design, and infrastructure development; and mainstreaming resources for walking and cycling in the financial planning of agencies among other interventions. UNEP’s support to Uganda on the NMT policy links with a pilot project in Kampala for pedestrianisation and NMT facilities involving KCCA and UN-Habitat (as part of the Sustran project).
UNEP further engaged FABIO to promote the NMT policy, while facilitating engagement and awareness raising on the need for investment in NMT infrastructure. UNEP plans to continue its collaboration with FABIO and the MoWT, to support initial implementation of the national NMT policy by by: identifying and working with a training partner to ensure local ‘stewardship’ of a training module on NMT that has been recently produced; and organizing a workshop with key stakeholders at national level to enhance ownership of the policy, and mainstream its implementation in the ongoing government programs and projects among other interventions.
Rwanda is Share the Road’s third pilot country. As a first step in launching a national Share the Road (StR) project in Rwanda, a workshop took place on 11 October 2011 in Kigali, hosted by the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) in cooperation with UNEP. One of the key outcomes was a multi-sector steering committee to discuss details to a pilot project and manage the implementation, with support from UNEP. A pilot project to showcase walking and cycling infrastructure has been identified by the steering committee. The site has been chosen in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, on a high-demand street in the central business district. At the same time, a national NMT policy will be drafted to provide the basis for further investments.
Already, two key positive impacts of StR’s work in Rwanda can be identified. First, following the East Africa Launch in November 2010, RTDA (in its first year of operation) integrated NMT infrastructure into new road projects. Second, following the Rwanda workshop, the European Union representative in Rwanda agreed to supplement their existing support for a major road project in order to include NMT infrastructure in the 2km of the road located within the city of Kigali.
Burundi is Share the Road’s fourth pilot country. As a first step in launching a national Share the Road (StR) project in Burundi, a workshop took place on 15 November 2011, in Bujumbura. The key objective of the meeting was to sensitize stakeholders on the issues and to develop an action plan. One of the key outcomes of this workshop was an action plan, with targets and timelines, for developing and adopting NMT policy. On 4 September 2013, a second stakeholders workshop took place in Bujumbura, to launch the pilot non-motorised transport (NMT) project for the city. Key recommendations from this workshop included development of a strategy for NMT, and the design and construction of road infrastructure that caters for NMT users.