Lagos quest for implementing a Non-Motorised Transport system has received a boost of 200,000 Euros from German Government backed Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI).
The grant was received Tuesday night by LAMATA’s Deputy Director, Corporate and Investment Planning, Mr. Uthman Obafemi Shitta-Bey and Corporate Legal Secretary, Mrs. Seun Sonoiki in Leipzig, Germany.
In an email announcing the selection of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority’s (LAMATA) entry, Daniel Moser, Management Head of TUMI, said “out of all the applications we picked the most innovative and your project was one of them! We are pleased to inform you that you are a winning candidate of the first TUMI Global Urban Mobility Challenge 2018.”
LAMATA’s entry, entitled “The Lagos Sidewalk Challenge” detailed the importance of walking as the primary and only zero carbon mode of transport in Lagos, which is relevant to the young and old, rich and poor and underpins the efficacy, efficiency and financial viability of Nigeria’s transport system.
In order to entrench walking as a means of transportation, the state government through LAMATA agreed an ambitious new non-motorised transport policy in January 2018, developed with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Share the Road Global Programme and are committed to improving the walkability of the city with an infrastructure investment programme focussed on sidewalks.
“The Lagos Sidewalk Challenge” is intended to apply new innovative tools to assess existing walkability and steer investment to improving some of the most walked areas of Lagos to consistent quality standards to benefit pedestrians.
Lagos, which currently hosts about 15 per cent of Africa’s population of more than 1.2 billion inhabitants and is regarded as a pioneer of future city thinking throughout Africa, is expected to witness visible transformation in sidewalks safety, accessibility and attractiveness.
In particular, the new Ikeja Bus Terminal near the Lagos airport and the central business district on Lagos Island will be used as showcase of Nigeria’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
On a global scale, the project will accelerate the delivery of a safer more people-centred transport system in Lagos and indeed, Nigeria, by creating new and more adequate, safe and protected walking environments at some of the most walked places in the city to benefit women, children and the needs of the elderly and physically disadvantaged.
However, under the ““The Lagos Sidewalk Challenge” project, new sidewalk would be created and where it exist, would be rehabilitated in the most walked part of Lagos Island CBD and new one created to link part of the State capital to the new bus station, Ikeja Bus Terminal.
To achieve reasonable access for public transport and NMT users and stabilise the use of personal motor vehicles, Lagos State Government has acknowledged that it would need to build at least 470 kilometres of Mass Rapid Transit network, 900 kilometres of footpaths and 300 kilometres of cycle tracks as well as adopt measures to check horizontal sprawl and promote transit-oriented land uses.
Within the next 15 years, Lagos State Government aims for the mode share of walking and cycling to increase to at least 50 per cent of all trips, public transport and para-transit trips to constitute 90 per cent of all motorised trips and all streets with a right of way of 12 metres or more have sidewalks and all street with a right of way under 12 metres having a sidewalk on one side and/or traffic calming measures.
“The Lagos NMT policy presents a complete paradigm shift from existing development patterns toward a transport system that prioritises walking, cycling and public transport as a viable alternatives to car use,” the entry stated.
For more information, please contact:
Assistant Director, Corporate Communication
Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA)
KM 15, Ikorodu Road,
Ketu-Ojota Cloverleaf Interchange, Ketu, Lagos
Tel: +234-803-855-6452, 809-449-9138