Addis Ababa: Road Safety workshop for the B2 BRT corridor

A short mission to Addis Ababa was undertaken by TRL in May 2016. The primary aim of the visit was to run a specific workshop for the Transport Programs Management Office (TPMO) to give the designers of the BRT system an understanding of safety issues around BRT and how this can be designed in to the system. Participants from AACRA, the TPMO, AFD, C40 and the consultant of the ongoing detailed design (SAFEGE) have attended the workshop and shared their views on the road safety aspects of the B2 BRT corridor.

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SUTP Document: Cycling Plans, Strategies and Design Guidelines

The SUTP document Cycling Plans, Strategies and Design Guidelines is a collection of cycling-related strategies, policy plans and guidelines worldwide. It gathers both, national and local policies and approaches. It should be useful for policy makers, transport authorities, urban planners and professionals working to improve the cycling comfort and safety conditions. Most of the presented documents outline strategies to increase the cycling modal share by considering various factors regarding comfort, safety, security, intermodality, accessibility, among others. Additionally, some toolkits for public cycle sharing systems, bicycle parking facilities and street design guidelines are included in this collection. You can download the document here.

African Economic Outlook 2016 released

AEOThe “African Economic Outlook” is published every year by the African Development Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations Development Programme and analyses the economic and social development in African countries. This year, the subject “Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation” was in the focus of the 15th edition.

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New GIZ Publication: Electromobility - Overview, Examples, Approaches

publication sutp emobilityIn the cities of Asia and Latin America, increasing population density and motorization are leading to a rapid rise in transport and environmental problems. The aim of this paper is to show how Electromobility can help mitigate the challenges, and to derive recommendations for the use of Electromobility in meeting various targets and prerequisites. 

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Windhoek to Be Honoured by International Sustainable Transport Award

Established in 2005, the Sustainable Transport Award has been given annually to a city that has implemented innovative sustainable transportation projects in the preceding year. In 2017, the Chilean capital Santiago will be the winner, as major improvements in pedestrian space, cycling, and public transit have been made over the past year. But as Windhoek has modernized their bus system, the city will also be honoured at the award ceremony in Washington, DC in January 2017 during the Transport Research Board annual meeting. Windhoek will receive first honourable mention for implementing their Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan. The city added 26 modern new buses on seven bus lines, running on a schedule for the first time in Namibia. The buses cover underserved urban areas and run during off-peak hours, meeting a substantial need. In addition, they have created a non-motorized strategy to make cycling and walking safer for the Namibian Capital’s 350,000 residents.

City of Windhoek Tests Articulated Bus for Urban Transport

namibia busSince 22nd June, the Ministry of Works and Transport and City of Windhoek with the support of GIZ and Autohaus Truck and Bus (MAN franchise for Windhoek) are testing an articulated bus for Windhoek urban transport bus operations. The bus is 22 meters long and has a seating capacity for up to 120 passengers plus additional standing passengers. The test is part of the implementation of the SUTMP (Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan for Windhoek). 

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New Bus Rapid Transit for Tanzania’s Largest City

dart bus tanzaniaOn 10 May, the new Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit (Dart) finally started to operate in Tanzania’s largest city, bringing a relief to the commuters by connecting the periphery with the city centre. Operating from 5 am to midnight, two different categories of busses (one express bus with only a few stops and one normal bus with stops at each station) allow the numerous commuters to save a lot of time during rush hours. 

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