The City has embraced non-motorised transport as an important feature in the development of infrastructure for its Harambee BRT. This is in keeping up with its global peers and also includes lanes for non-motorised transport when developing public transport infrastructure.
The City’s commitment to provide a safe, reliable and accessible public transport comes with the benefit of promoting a healthy and cost effective choice of lanes for cycling, walking, jogging or skateboarding.
MMC for Transport Planning Cllr Phelisa Nkunjana said, “Non-motorised transport (NMT) plays a vital role as it further enhances and compliments existing public transport systems by providing secure access to public transport through walking or cycling.
“While walking and cycling are promoted as a healthy cost effective choice, the barriers associated with this form of transport relate to safety and the provision of adequate infrastructure.
“The promotion of non-motorised transport infrastructure allows citizens to reach public facilities in a safe and environmentally-friendly way. Work places that could previously only be reached under difficult and time-consuming conditions have become more accessible through bike paths,” said Nkunjana.
She concluded that, “Non-motorised transport is often a key element of successfully encouraging clean urban transport. It can be a very attractive mode of transport for relatively short distances, which make up the largest share of trips in cities.”