Street designs to incorporate Non-Motorized Transport – LASG
Street designs in Lagos State will henceforth be guided by the new Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) Policy of the State government which supports multiple uses for safe, active and ample space for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.
The implication of the new policy, according to Mr. Ladi Lawanson, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation is that designing the streets in accordance to the new policy will ensure that space use was more conducive to the public life of an urban neighbourhood and efficient movement of people and goods than streets designed to move personal motor vehicles.
Speaking at a one-day stakeholder workshop on the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) funded Lagos Sidewalk Pilot project organised by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mr. Lawanson said the critical role of NMT needed to be recognized and factored into road infrastructure investments.
“Investing in NMT road infrastructure leads to massive benefits in terms of reduced emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, protecting vulnerable road users from speeding motor vehicles, and increases affordable access to vital services and employment. An efficient and cost-effective transport system essentially connects people to daily life – to jobs, education and public services, and NMT is an integral part of that connectivity. In Lagos (and indeed Nigeria), a large percentage of the population either walk or cycle; hence NMT policies will provide an essential service for majority of the people,” Mr. Lawanson stated.
As a result, he said, the State Government had recognized the importance of non-motorized means of transportation by implementing quick-win improvements in the provision of segregated traffic facilities for pedestrians such as bus stop lay byes, walkways, footbridges, underpasses, zebra crossings and traffic system management (TSM) signs at various high density locations in Lagos plus support for ongoing initiatives to facilitate the provision of pathways for bicycle riders.
The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salaam said the state government would provide pedestrian facilities such as footpaths, cycle tracks, and greenways, on which residents can travel.
He explained that government would also facilitate potential pedestrian movement’s walkway in highway design that includes access to public transport terminal and bus stops; and safe-cycling facilities, cycle lanes on all roads, accompanied by public sensitization.
Dr. Salaam said government would discourage the encroachment of pedestrian walkways and pedestrian bridges by street hawkers and petty-traders by strict implementation of the law and ensuring its enforcement.
In his address, Managing Director of LAMATA, Engr. Abiodun Dabiri noted that the workshops was to encourage a paradigm shift from prioritizing the movement of cars towards prioritizing the movement of people in Lagos through systematic investment in high quality integrated facilities in NMT and public transport.
“The TUMI funded sidewalk pilot project will apply innovative tools to assess existing walkability and prioritize investments to improve walkability of some of the most walked areas in Lagos to consistent quality standards for the benefit of pedestrians. Existing sidewalks will be upgraded and new sidewalks created to accelerate the delivery of a safer, more people centered transport,” he 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