The Institute for Development Studies, UN-HABITAT and the County Government of Kiambu convened Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) workshop for Kiambu County stakeholders involved in transport.
The workshop was held at the Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL) Conference Centre, Ruiru on the 21st of November, 2016. Its purpose was to discuss the draft SUMP for Ruiru Town developed by IDS in collaboration with the University of Nairobi’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Department of Civil Engineering.
SUMP is a strategic plan designed to satisfy the mobility needs of people and businesses in urban areas for a better quality of life. It builds on existing planning practices and takes due consideration of integration, participation and evaluation principles.
The stakeholders at the meeting included Kiambu County staff, UN-Habitat technical staff, University of Nairobi research team, representatives of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), the Rift Valley Railway Corporation, Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (NaMSIP), Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NAMATA), ST1 Advisory, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Matatu Owners Association, Bodaboda Association and Non Motorised Transport (NMT) users (pedestrians, cyclists and persons living with disabilities).
A variety of issues were discussed during the workshop. The keynote speaker was the Kiambu County’s Executive Committee Member in charge of Roads, Transport, Public Works and Utilities, Engineer Njeri Mburu. Among many issues she addressed was an appeal to bodaboda operators to observe road safety rules in order to curb regular accidents. Engineer Mburu noted that although the bodaboda operators have made transport convenient, the rate of fatal accidents is worrying as a result of failure to adhere to traffic rules.
The University of Nairobi team, led by Prof Winnie Mitullah, outlined the components of Ruiru Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. The UoN team comprises Dr Samuel Obiero, Dr Romanus Opiyo, Mr Charles Karisa, Sharon Boit, Mr Richard Otieno and Mr Raphael Indimuli.
The Kiambu County Integrated Development plan (2013-2017) seeks to create and transform systems, structures, and institutions, within the county based on five key pillars of security, employment, education, health and urban planning. For Ruriu Sub County, the plan lists construction of a 10km non motorized transport (NMT) infrastructure as one of the projects to be undertaken during the plan period.
The Kiambu County Executive Committee Member in charge of Roads, Transport, Public Works and Utilities, Engineer Njeri Mburu, makes a presentation during the workshop.
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