Stakeholders Meeting on Dissemination of the Non-Motorized Transport Policy
The Ministry of works and Transport officially disseminated the Non-motorized Transport (NMT) Policy for implementation in Uganda. The policy was developed and approved in 2012 with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the overall aim of raising the profile of NMT within the planning and implementation of road transport infrastructure.
NMT in Uganda involves mainly walking and cycling, and it remains the main means of transport in the country in spite of increasing motorization. As such, there is a need to crease quality public spaces in and around the city transport terminals
The Assistant Commissioner Policy Analysis, Moses Mulegani while giving an address at the dissemination workshop in Mukono, noted that the objectives of the policy are to increase recognition of walking and cycling, provide safe infrastructure, and improve regulation and enforcement to enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
“The policy will provide guidance for the provision of Non-Motorized needs within transport projects,” Said Mr. Mulegani.
Key note speakers included, Dr. Abubaker Muhammad Moki, Commissioner Policy Development and Capacity Building from the Office of the President, Mrs. Amanda Ngabirano, a Bicycle Specialist, Eng. Jacob Byamukama, Ag. Deputy Director Roads and Management from KCCA, The RDC of Mukono, UIPE representatives and many more.
NMT has been recognized as an important non-polluting, sustainable, environmentally friendly and healthy transport option. The policy strategies include linking all bus stops with non-motorized access, establishing Bus rapid Transit as the main means of public transport, the improvement of existing road infrastructure and adopting road geometry and cross sections that incorporates paved walkways.