Non Motorised Transport mobility Challenges in Juja Road (Moi Air Base and Huruma flats)

ABSTRACT
This research project examines the mobility challenges Non-Motorised Transport modes of travel face when using the Juja road corridor between the Moi Airbase bus stop and Huruma Flats bus stop. The research project covers this section of the road which 1.2 km in length using it as a case study that accurately represents the NMT infrastructure conditions in most roads in Nairobi.
Non-motorised transport is a demand oriented mode of transport which comes about due to high density settlements within an area and the increase in functions of an area. This increase is caused by increased population, the case with the study area. The study area, a part of Nairobi, has experienced increased levels of urbanization since independence. At independence the population of Nairobi was 350,000 people (Kenya information guide) but now it has multiplied tenfold with the latest census of 2009 indicating that the population stands at 3.3 million people. This increase in population was however not planned and therefore the prevailing challenges in urban mobility. This was due to the preoccupation with the means of mobility rather the end product- the realization of accessibility. This has led to the neglecting of NMT with the government concentrating on motor transport.
Juja road is a stark reflection of this sad reality. NMT is considered not urban and therefore its provision posed by many challenges. The roadside of Juja road has been left as a dumping site, motorists consider it part of the road when there is a traffic jam and a host of many other challenges.
This study was therefore aimed at determining the current infrastructure conditions of NMT on the Juja road corridor between Moi Airbase bus stop and Huruma Flats bus stop so that to determine its appropriateness to urban mobility.
The research project followed the qualitative research methodology. This research was aimed to gather an in-depth understanding of the NMT challenges. The research sought to investigate why the situation is as is and how it became the way it is. This research methodology therefore employed data collection, data analysis and data presentation methods with close up interaction with the community being served by the stretch.
After the research, there were many findings but the one that stood out was the acute lack of road traffic safety. It was found out that most of the road users especially the NMT traffic faced the danger of either being killed or seriously injured at any point in time. This necessitated the need for intervention in this area.
The main recommendation of the research project was an in-depth look at road traffic safety and its provision to the people so that the risks these people face may be lowered and make the road safer for travel.
When NMT is neglected urban mobility suffers and people who should be facilitated by the connectivity between different areas suffer as well. This situation can however be salvaged at any point in time and changed to make it better. This will be done by interventions and projects such as this facilitate this.

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