Sustainable Transport In Kampala

Non Motorised Transport (walking and cycling) are the most popular means of transport Uganda. Yet they are

also the most unsafe.Despite the numerous advantages of bicycle transport, it has not been accorded due status as mode of transport. Bicycle transport is environmentally friendly, space efficient, healthy, self regulated and cheap to acquire and maintain. Its advantages are universal and therefore apply to all countries whether developed or not.

Transport costs are inevitable because land uses and services must be accessed. Additionally, with the current economic crisis, transport costs have increasingly skyrocketed and yet travel is unavoidable for several purposes. The pollution in the city center is also immense due to the increasing number of used cars. Bicycle transport has not been recognized as an alternative mode of travel. The attitude towards bicycle transport is yet to improve since it is, unfortunately, associated with poverty. It is also associated with unsafety. Fortunately, a recent study carried out in the city of Kampala indicates that Kampala is a cycling city and a several people are willing to use bicycle transport because of its numerous advantages. Safety and infrastructure were top on the list as the reasons for less riding in the city. It is therefore high time that we celebrated the advantages of bicycle transport, reward those that are currently using it as a mode of transport and promote its general use among the public.

“Cities of bicycles are more people friendly, and city planning that considers cyclists and pedestrians will form a significant contribution to the humanistic city of the future”.(Danish Ministry of foreign affairs, 2010)