African Mobility Month

African Mobility Month is a social media campaign which aims to promote walking and cycling in African cities. The first-ever African Mobility Month ran from 20 September to 20 October 2019 and achieved a combined social media reach of 4.57 million.

Don’t miss out on African Mobility Month 2020, 18 September to 18 October 2020!

©Mik Motala

Around the world, cities are recognizing the importance of catering for the needs of pedestrians and cyclists to improve quality of life. Making walking and cycling safer and more attractive is one of the most affordable and effective ways for cities to reduce CO2 emissions, while boosting mental and physical health, improving access to economic opportunities for the poor, and creating more livable, equitable and prosperous cities for all.

In many African cities, over a third of citizens move between their daily activities on foot or by bicycle. Without safe infrastructure for walking and cycling, these commuters are exposed to significant hazards from motorized vehicles, and it is no surprise that Africa has the highest proportion of road fatalities in the world with 39% of deaths being pedestrians and 4% cyclists (WHO, 2015). African cities have the potential to lead the world in sustainable mobility by protecting and supporting pedestrians and cyclists, but active mobility is often overlooked in national transport budgets and urban plans.

In order for national and local governments to better appreciate the need for safe walking and cycling facilities, Africa’s urban citizens need to challenge the widely held assumption that they all wish to drive cars by showing their support for walking and cycling. Various local initiatives around the continent (such as car-free days, place making, Open Streets, Critical Mass etc.) are inspiring citizens to reimagine and reinvent their streets to be accessible for all. African Mobility Month aims to celebrate these and other activities to raise the priority of walking and cycling in the continent’s development agenda.

How can I participate?

Participating in African Mobility Month is simple:

JOIN US

Share with us your vision and planned action by filling out the registration form.

SHARE YOUR STORY

Tell us about what is happening in your city by either:
Tweeting about your city’s events between 18 September and 18 October 2020, using the #AfricanMobilityMonth hashtag, OR
E-mailing your photographs and stories to us at africanmobilitymonth@iclei.org. We will distribute these stories for you via Twitter and other channels available to us.

SPREAD THE WORD

Inspire the citizens of your city or town about the value of walking and cycling by sharing important facts with the public and the media.
©Open Streets Abuja

Who should participate?

  • African city governments
  • African national governments
  • African transport or roads agencies
  • International organizations
  • Civil society groups
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Schools and Universities
  • Businesses
  • General public

…or anyone who has an interest in improving conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in African cities!

What types of activities can be showcased?

Any newsworthy activity that promotes or supports walking and cycling in African cities, and takes place between 20 September and 20 October can be part of African Mobility Month. Examples of activities that you might wish to share include:
©Simphiwe Nkwali, City of Johannesburg
©Simphiwe Nkwali, City of Johannesburg

Cycling

  • A local leaders’ cycling event where the Mayor and/or local Chief and their entourage cycle through the city
  • A ‘bike to work day’ where government officials or local business leaders cycle to work
  • A public talk or information drop, where commuters are informed about safe cycling routes through the city
  • An organised group ride on a newly opened cycle path
  • A cycle tour through the city or its surroundings
  • The launch of a new cycling facility (e.g. new or extended lanes for cycling, a bicycle sharing scheme, a public bicycle repair shop, a bicycle information centre or bicycle storage racks in a prominent public space, etc.)

©Simphiwe Nkwali, City of Johannesburg
©Simphiwe Nkwali, City of Johannesburg

Walking

  • A local leaders’ walking event where the Mayor and/or local Chief and their entourage walk through the city
  • A ‘walk to work day’ where government officials or local business leaders walk to work
  • A public talk or information drop, where commuters are informed about safe walking routes through the city
  • An organised walk for city officials to assess conditions for pedestrians and those with disabilities in their city (e.g. missing or broken sidewalks, potholes, illegal parking, illegal dumping, lack of shade etc.)
  • The launch of a new pedestrian-friendly facility (e.g. new or enlarged pedestrian-only area, new or improved pavements or pedestrian crossings, new night lighting for pedestrians, etc.)

What are we trying to achieve?

  • Show large scale citizen support for walking and cycling infrastructure and policies
  • Elevate the status of walking and cycling in African cities
  • Increase awareness of and commitment to safer, affordable and accessible urban mobility in Africa
  • Stimulate discussion about active mobility in African cities
  • Link African cities to global discussions on sustainable urban mobility
  • Share good practices, real case studies and lessons learnt from Africa with a global audience

Photo credit: Mik Motala

Join the movement!

These cities and organizations have participated in the first African Mobility Month from 20 September to 20 October 2019 to show their support for walking and cycling in African cities:

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