The City of Windhoek, (CoW) is currently promoting a master plan that shall enable authorities to develop an affordable and accessible public and non-motorised transport system in 20 years’ time.
City of Windhoek public transport manager, Clarence Uatjavi Rupingena said that the Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan (SUTMP) is meant to be a revolutionary plan, which will help halt or at least reduce the loss of lives in road accidents.
The master plan will analyse the existing situation, forecast future conditions and develop a comprehensive set of measures suitable to improve public and non-motorised transport.
“SUTMP will concentrate on safety consciousness, hence separate our motorised from non-motorised traffic. This will involve a functional classification of urban roads and set speed limits to match the set functions of roads,” he said in his presentation at the Road Safety Conference last week.
One of the challenges found in many areas in Namibia is the lack of proper pedestrian walkways. In Katutura, for example, there are insufficient pedestrian walkways and this endangers their lives.
In other places, according to Rupingena, the usability of walkways that have been affected by poor planning have obstructed pedestrian crossings.
“The largest proportion of walking and cycling is found in low income areas. Therefore, Katutura was the suburb with the highest number of fatalities alongside central business district (CBD) as from 2007 to 2009. Katutura is, furthermore, the suburb with highest number of accidents involving pedestrians.
The master plan includes Okahandja, Rehoboth and Hosea Kutako Airport.
In order to realise SUTMP, the City of Windhoek and the Ministry of Works and Transport are working together with the assistance of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development through the German Agency for International Co-operation; Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).