The Provision of Non-Motorised Transport Infrastructure in the City of Lusaka: An Analysis of Policy, Practice
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This chapter presents an analysis of the provision and use of Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) in the city of Lusaka. NMT includes all forms of travel that are human powered such as walking and cycling. The chapter presents results from an academic study that examined NMT infrastructure along selected roads in Lusaka in relation to their state, challenges, and integration into city policies. Using a case study approach, the study covered four roads within the city of Lusaka which were Alick Nkhata, Burma, Dedan Kimathi Roads, and Independence Avenue. Data was collected through direct observations and in-depth interviews with key informants and NMT users. The sample was 40 people comprising 9 key informants and 31 NMT users. Data was analysed through narrative and content analyses. Descriptive statistics are used where appropriate. The chapter reveals that NMT infrastructure on the selected roads is inadequate. Walkways translate into 44.3% of carriageways on the selected roads. NMT users are thus subjected to the dusty, disjointed, and uneven foot tracks which are barely passable after heavy rains. The chapter will further show that NMT users face challenges such as difficulties in crossing roads due to the inadequacy of crossing facilities on the selected roads. An analysis of City Plans, Road Project documents, and related legislation revealed that NMT is not adequately provided for.
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