Move Windhoek: Sustainable Urban Transport
The City of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, is in urgent need of more efficient public transport and land-use planning. Because of a lack thereof the urban poor currently spend up to 25% of their income on their mobility needs.
In a joint project, the City of Windhoek, Ministry of Works and Transport, and GIZ developed the “Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan for Windhoek including Rehoboth, Okahandja and Hosea Kutako International Airport” (MoveWindhoek). The plan was launched at the end of 2013 and was approved by cabinet in 2014. The Master Plan is a long term approach to develop Windhoek’s transport system until 2032. It enables decision makers in the transport sector to develop an affordable, accessible, attractive and efficient public and non-motorised transport system.
Main problems in public transport are full day bus services, a lack of interchanges connecting different routes within the city and a bus fleet that cannot nearly satisfy peak hour demand, as well as poor route planning resulting in irregular frequencies. Therefore, part of the implementation stage of the MoveWindhoek project is the process of developing new and modified bus lines and an operational concept that results in an integrated bus network while integrating the taxi industry. Currently, the city of Windhoek has about 60 busses in daily operation, on a network of 30 routes and 7 lines, to serve its customers.
MoveWindhoek also promotes the use of non-motorised transport (NMT), for instance by supporting non-governmental organizations in holding events such as the annual ‘Cycle to Work Day’. Non-motorized transport, contributes about 30% of Windhoek’s modal split. However, using this form of transport is unsafe and unsatisfactory due to missing or deficient infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclist. A comprehensive strategy for improved NMT routes is under developement.
The project inspired a Transport Master Plan for the northern regions of Namibia and gained international recognition by visiting conferences on sustainable transport in Washington, Geneva, Munich, and Johannesburg, as well as by receiving the UITP award for innovative mobility.
For further information please check the project’s website: http://www.movewindhoek.com.na
If you want more information on the overarching Sustainable Transport in Namibia Project please click here.
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