Green Transport Solutions

Green Transport Solutions

Green Transport Solutions is a study on eco-friendly transport solution for developing cities. It focuses on a green transportation system for implementation by the City County of Nairobi to reduce carbon emissions, congestion and promote environmental sustainability. Our study explores how road expansions in Nairobi could embrace non-motorized lanes contributing to a pedestrian-friendly city.

Benedict Muyale, Nairobi, Kenya

Green Transport Solutions is a study on eco-friendly transport solution for developing cities. It focuses on the achieving a practical green transportation system for implementation by the City County of Nairobi to reduce carbon emissions and congestion and promote environmental sustainability. The study area is Nairobi, capital hub for Kenya and connecting route to East Africa. Nearly 47 per cent of the working population walks to their work places. Even though the non-motorized routes are dilapidated. The walking population is also faced with fear of being hit by a vehicle because of no clearly designated lanes for the pedestrians. Our research explores on how new road expansions in Nairobi could embrace non-motorized lanes contribute to pedestrian friendly city thus more walking to work. As the population increases and supported by unreliable public transport means due to congestion, walking provides a relief from this urban menace in Nairobi.
Cities have always been the loci for nationals as well as growth of cultural fusion and innovation. Over 50%of global population dwells in cities and urban centers. This means that cities are prolific users of natural resources and generators of waste; hence they produce most of the greenhouse gases which are causing global climate change. The root cause of increase in the transport sector carbon curve is mainly the greater numbers of individually owned cars. Development in these cities is geared towards economic progress while environmental sustainability is ignored. Infrastructure projects focus on road expansion, electrification, and more parking spaces. These lead to more carbon emissions, traffic congestion, and air pollution. Recent development plans for Nairobi city are now on road expansion with little priority for electric train solutions.
The Vision 2030, Kenya’s development guide, has shed some light on the city with numerous road expansion projects. This chapter seeks to realize the following objectives; (1) to assess the current transport situation of Nairobi; (2) to review green transport solutions being undertaken in the city; (3) to give an overview of alternative green transportation solutions, and (4) to provide a green transportation framework matrix. This preliminary study will utilize primary and secondary data through mainly desktop research and analysis, literature, books, magazines and on-line information. This forms the basis for formulation of approaches for incorporation into the green transportation framework matrix of the main study report. The main goal is the achievement of a practical green transportation system for implementation by the City County of Nairobi to reduce carbon emissions and congestion and promote environmental sustainability.

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Benedict Muyale, Nairobi, Kenya

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