Opinion
Implementation of non-motorised transport in urban areas key
Publish Date: Jul 21, 2014
newvision
  • mail
  • img

By John Vianney Ahumuza

Uganda has recently experienced rapid urbanisation. The country's captial Kampala, for instance, has recorded about approximately four million people during the day and about half this number during the night.

This urban situation has equally stimulated high investments in social services especially schools at all levels.

However, free movements of school children before and after school alongside the numerous urban centre roads is and continues to be a nightmare and death trap!

Speeding vehicles and motorcycles commonly known as bodabodas have often become a prey to these youngsters depriving the nation of a youthful population. This has normally been attributed to narrow roads with no provision for non-motorised transport facilities.

It is not a surprise to witness children walking on road reserve water gutters. Crossing from one side of the road to the other too remains a challenge.

Most areas in urban centres lack facilities such as zebra crossings. Even where such facilities seem to exist like at Uganda Post Office in Kampala, the motorcyclists and car drivers rarely respect pedestrians crossing such spots.

I would advise that;

  • In view of establishing modern road infrastructures, the Government should provide for non-motorised transport in all her road designs especially in urban areas.
  • Strict laws and regulations must be enforced concerning motorcyclists and drivers who violate traffic rules like on zebra crossings.
  • More sensitisation by the ministry of education, traffic police and other stakeholders dealing in transport should be emphasized like encouraging school children and other pedestrians to walk on the right hand side of roads.
  • It is possible to minimise road accidents if all stakeholders contributed to the realisation of road safety campaigns. This is a gap organization dealing in transport like Civil Society Coalition on Transport continues to fill.
     

The writer is a lecturer, Uganda Christian University Mukono

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Poverty and greed: the major culprits of environmental degradation
Our standards of living are based on inexpensive energy in the form of electricity and gasoline powering automobiles that are the major contributors to environmental problems in the world today, but let us not forget that earlier in history; automobiles were actually heralded for solving a distinct...
Climate change: The Impossible deal
For “shall”, substitute “may”. For example, change “countries signing this climate change treaty SHALL state how much they are going to cut their greenhouse emissions” to “countries signing this climate change treaty MAY state how much they are going to cut their emissions if they feel like it, but...
Who really cares about the Ugandan girl?
The UCE and UACE 2014 public examinations are now done with and the other classes are at home for Term Three holidays. The students from the secondary schools especially have flooded our localities. Most conspicuous of them will be the girls; but who cares?...
A delegate conference is not a pilgrimage
At the last NRM delegate’s conference held at Namboole, the National Executive tabled a motion regarding the period at which the holding of a delegate’s conference should be....
Corruption: they that are not corrupt can hurl the stones
So the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Uganda 142nd out of 175 countries, according to Transparency International. Based on expert opinion, Transparency International says our level of public sector dishonesty is 26 out of 100. Denmark is the most transparent with a score of 92/100 while So...
The evil of deforestation
Africa is facing very many problems but few have been solved. One of the major ones is environmental degradation through deforestation. Deforestation is having a big impact on the environment....
Do you agree with the ban on the export of maids?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter