"Addis Ababa Cycling Association” initiated, following GEF SUSTRAN training in Addis Abeba

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Except of very few positive examples, bicycles are not part of the cityscapes of Africa's booming urban areas. Addis Ababa, Kampala and Nairobi – the three capital cities of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia which are supported by the UN-HABITAT funded SUSTRAN project in their efforts to implement sustainable urban transport – are no difference. Cycling facilities in Kampala and Nairobi are almost nonexistent and the few cyclists on the roads compete for space with motorized transport. Still, bicycles in Addis Ababa are even less common than in the SUSTRAN partner cities. 

Among other topics the SUSTRAN 3-day training, which was successfully conducted in Addis Ababa from November 10-12, aimed at promoting non-motorized transport (NMT) and specifically cycling as an important and very relevant aspect of sustainable urban transport. Especially the benefits of integrating NMT with mass rapid transit were presentedAs an ad-hoc outcome of the training sessions the General Manager of Anbessa (City Bus Enterprise), the Urban Planning Institute's Director and the Deputy Manager of the Environmental Protection Authority voiced their intention to form the "Addis Ababa Cycling Association" to boost cycling in Addis Ababa and take advantage of its benefits in implementing sustainable urban transport. Throughout all 24 participants of the event it was agreed to draft a Memorandum of Understanding which will be presented to the mayor of Addis Ababa in order to create awareness for cycling and furthermore initiate a city-wide cycling policy.

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