Kenya’s government plans to adopt modern traffic management systems as a key component of its ambitious 500,000 affordable homes program.
The affordable homes program (AHP), which is one part of a government-backed initiative known as the ‘Big 4 Agenda’, will feature access and movement systems and service plans that will ensure smooth movement of persons from their homes to their places of work.
Access to movement to and within the sites earmarked for the affordable housing program is a major part of the design principle for the project.
Nairobi Area Transport Authority (NAMATA) Board Director, Ronald Ndegwa said the development framework for AHP will incorporate improved transit access systems to curb perennial traffic jams associated with large projects.
He was speaking on behalf of Charles Hinga Mwaura, the country’s Principal Secretary for the State Department for Housing and Urban Development at an Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) workshop.
Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is planning to set up a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project. In line with these plans, ITDP Africa has called for the extension of the corridor through Nairobi’s central business district (CBD).
Previous models considered diverting the BRT’s path around the city’s busiest central blocks, but an ITDP analysis shows that bringing the system into the city’s downtown area would benefit users and improve traffic conditions.
Hinga confirmed that the ITDP proposals will be incorporated in the AHP projects, which will also provide segregation of motorized and non-motorized forms.
“To achieve Affordable Housing Program objectives, we must facilitate ease of movement in an effective and reliable manner,” Hinga said.
“Our project design principles feature clear policies on access and movement including cycling paths and pedestrian friendly walkways to boost non-motorized forms of transport uptake,” he added.
The typical land breakdown in the AHP development framework will incorporate residential housing units on 50% of the project land. Utilities, Roads, and Services will sit on 25% of the land while Open Spaces and Community Facilities with Retail amenities will sit on 15% and 10% of the land space respectively.