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:
Tell us about what is happening in your city by either:
• Tweeting about your city’s events between 20 September and 20 October, using the #AfricanMobilityMonth hashtag, OR
• E-mailing your photographs and stories to us at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Most cities are quickly learning that expanding roads for motor vehicles won't solve their mobility issues! Case in point Thika Road in Nairobi! If we all own cars are we really going to move? Let's embrace cheaper and sustainable mobility solutions! #AfricanMobilityMonth
…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 2019 can be part of African Mobility Month. Examples of activities that you might wish to share include:
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.)
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
Join the movement!
These cities have already held mobility events in 2019:
13 January: Addis Ababa Car Free Day #2
27 January: Kampala Car Free Day
27 January: Open Streets City Centre, Cape Town
3 February: Kigali Car Free Day
3 February: Addis Ababa Car Free Day #3
24 February: Open Streets Langa, Cape Town
16 March: Open Streets Abuja #1
March: Addis Ababa Car Free Day #4
22 March: Launch of Monthly Bike Chains, United Nations, Nairobi
31 March: Open Streets Mitchells Plain, Cape Town
7 April: Open Streets Johannesburg
7 April: Addis Ababa Car Free Day
April: Addis Ababa Car Free Day #5
12 May: Addis Ababa Car Free Day #6
5 June: Ride Out Carbon Emissions, Nairobi
8 June: Open Streets Abuja #2
9 June: Addis Ababa Car Free Day #7
7 July: Addis Ababa Car Free Day #8
4 August: Addis Ababa Car Free Day #9
Will your city be next to join the movement? Register now to participate in African Mobility Month!
Be a pioneer and join the first-ever African Mobility Month from 20 September to 20 October 2019!
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