Evolution of Urban Transport in Africa

Micro bus

Sustainable Transport Africa (STA) participated in the United Nations Environmental Assembly in Conjunction with the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum (ASTF) from June 23rd to 27th, 2014 at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi. STA organised a side event which was an exhibition entitled "the Evolution of Urban Transport in Africa - Moving Towards Sustainability".

The centrepieces of the exhibition were:

1) a matatu (passenger microbus) in which participants were welcome to write their opinions on how they saw the future of urban transport in Africa.

2) some artwork and photographs depicting urban transport scenes in colonial times and in current scenarios in Africa.

3) a 3D model of a BRT system with NMT infrastructure made by artists in Nairobi.

The main purpose of the exhibition was to raise awareness and advocacy of NMT and MRT interventions to improve urban transport in Africa in a sustainable way. Currently urban transport in African cities, like in many other cities in the world, is characterized by high congestion, health impacts due to pollution, and danger in terms of safety. The exhibition therefore attracted a lot of attention from delegates and members of the public in general.

Author: Nyaga Kebuchi / 30th November 2014

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