A Pedestrian Plan Integrating Aesthetics To Enhance Mobility. Case of Moi Avenue, Nairobi.

Abstract

Walking is the oldest and most basic form of human transportation. It is clean, requires little infrastructure compared to motorized transport, and is integral to the health of individuals and communities. People who walk end up socializing and exchange ideas at a more close encounter and level as opposed to those who are constantly using vehicles. An urban community that is designed to support walking is livable and attractive.

 Creating a urban wide pedestrian network that links different urban land uses be it work and employment centers, shopping areas, recreational uses, schools, and other public spaces helps enhance the Urban community’s livability, promotes mobility for residents, and reduces reliance on automobiles which in turn reduces cost incurred in fuel, reduces accident rates related to automobiles as well leads to a clean environment due reduced pollution.

As development and redevelopment occur in our urban setup, the opportunity and necessity to provide safe, functional, and attractive pedestrian infrastructure with all required amenities also increases. Planning for pedestrians improves the quality of life of our communities and provides accessibility for all City residents. Creating workable, safe and accessible pedestrian spaces within a city is important to the social and economic functioning of the city, as well as to the well-being of its residents and visitors.

This Development project Plan provides a blueprint for the future of Moi Avenue’s pedestrian environment with regard to provision of pedestrian infrastructure with emphasis on aesthetics, art, greenery and beauty. It describes a vision, provides design guidelines, and identifies next steps to create a truly great Pedestrian realm along Moi Avenue. The Plan seeks to balance the needs of all street users, and reflects the understanding that the pedestrian environment is about much more than just transportation – that streets serve a multitude of social, recreational and ecological needs that must be considered when deciding on the most appropriate design.  The Plan provides guidelines for the pedestrian environment, defined as the areas of the street where people walk, shop, sit, play, or interact – outside of moving vehicles. Generally speaking, this refers to sidewalks and crosswalks; however, in some cases, this may be expanded to include certain areas of the roadway. The Plan however does not generally focus on roadway or vehicle travel characteristics.

If fully realized, the Plan will bring a number of benefits to Moi Avenue and The central business District at large, It will help to minimize Pollution, storm water overflows, decrease the likelihood of pedestrian injuries and fatalities, increase accessibility for all street users, and enhance the everyday quality of life