When Madam Jennifer Musisi became Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), its congestion issues had swollen to uncontrollable figures, the jam within the city centre is awful but with the proposed implementation of a 3 billion shillings pilot project on Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) project in the city; there is hope.
The pilot project which does away with use of motor cars is to encourage walking and cycling and is to be piloted on Namirembe Road and Luwum Street. Foinstance, motorists coming from Entebbe can join Kampala road by the Steers Junction.
No cars, however, will be allowed to drive down to join Entebbe road from Steers Junction. They can only use Market Street to join Entebbe road. The road along Bata Shop to Gazaland will be completely free for pedestrians and cyclists.
Evidently with the poverty prevalence in the country, less than 15% of people in Kampala own a motorized vehicles and pedestrians represent 50% of traffic related fatalities in Kampala according to a survey carried out by KCCA.
The multibillion pilot project for Kampala is spearheaded by KCCA partnering with Mobility Consultants, UN HABITAT, Goudappel Africa and Move Mobility. The ground breaking of the pilot project is to take place in July 2015 according to Jacob Byamukama, Manager Transport Planning and Traffic Management in KCCA. He said that the pilot project will take between 18 and 24 months for completion.
Peter Kaujju, the Spokesperson of KCCA, explained that space for non-motorized transport is space to walk, cycle, or be able to use your wheelchair to safely reach to your destination. NMT will help city users to save on fuel costs, improve physical fitness and generally know their city better.