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KCCA Project to Eject Vehicles From City Centre

price physician http://centristnetblog.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 150%;”>This is entailed in the simmering Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) project which emphasizes walking and cycling as the safest, discount http://davidyoho.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpsockets.php efficient and most essential forms for transport.

The Project according KCCA officials is being piloted beginning next financial year at a cost of Sh. 3.1billion.

The pilot project has ring-fenced the route from Namirembe road through the city center up to William street heading to the constitutional square to be free of all motor vehicles.

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From Javas Cafe (City Oil Namirembe) down to Pride Theater will be strictly bicycles and pedestrians.

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Vehicles coming from Gadaffi road will only be allowed to use a small portion of Namirembe road and will divert at Mackay road entering the new taxi park.

From this point crossing the Ben Kiwanuka junction through Luwum street to Dastur street and joining Kampala road, will be accessed only by pedestrians and cyclists (not bodabodas, because they are considered by law as vehicles.)

“Travelling in Kampala with a vehicle will no longer be haphazard. One will have to plan for their journey first,” said the project coordinator Mr Tonny Bosch while addressing media at Hotel Africana on Tuesday.

Mr Peter Kabanda from Ministry of works confirmed at the conference that the Policy for the NMT project is already in place and the guidelines for the infrastructure are being worked on. Civil construction is expected to commence in July next year.

Uganda will be the first country in the region to implement a project of this magnitude and Mr Bosch believes that while it took up to 40 years to have such a system up and running in Europe’s biggest cities, Uganda has an opportunity of making it work in five years or so.

Vehicles accessing the inner part of Kampala will have to utilize other available routes entailed under the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network which is being fast tracked by Ministry of works and transport, including Entebbe road and Kampala road among others. These too will be reconstructed to have motor vehicle lanes (4), cycle lanes (2), and pedestrian walkways (2).

For instance taxis coming to the old taxi park will use Entebbe road and will have a single entry via Ben Kiwanuka Street and exit via Buxton road.

Resistance

So will this project really be a success? Yes! KCCA are positive: “We have accomplished a number of highly sensitive projects amidst stiff resistance, and we believe that when people are fed with the right information and when less politicking is involved, we should be able to put this off very easily,” said Jacob Byamukama who heads KCCA’s Transport planning and traffic management department.

One of project initiators and Makerere University urban planning lecturer, Mrs Amanda Ngabirano also highlighted a need for some role models to give this program a jump: “For instance soon when we see the KCCA executive director Ms Jennifer Musisi’s riding on a bicycle to work, people will be inspired, most especially women who are known to be bicycle shy.”

Mr Bosch observes that the program will not only significantly decongest the city, but will also minimize on the air and noise pollution.

With about 3.1 million people accessing the city and making an estimated 5 million journeys each day, Bosch says the city needs better planning or there will be no space left.

The program according to Ngabirano is also deemed to bolster people’s health, and enhancing people’s savings since in involves travelling using one’s body energy, without having to go to the fuel pump first.

“In Uganda there is also the challenge of a common perception that riding a bicycle is demeaning and a sign of poverty, but we believe that slowly people will begin appreciating the health and financial benefits involved in this,” she said.

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