Gideon Kule, a Cobbler at Mukwano Arcade, says the Road has helped to control unruly Boda boda riders who would over speed. He says they are no longer affected by floods as the drainage system has been worked upon and the road raised.
City dwellers are slowly adjusting to the first Non-Motorised transport in Kampala. In November 2018, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA
started working on the Shillings 4 billion non-motorised Namirembe road.
2km corridor starts from Entebbe Road and runs through Luwum Street down to
Namirembe Road up to Berkley (Bakuli) junction. Boda Bodas, the quickest
motorized transport in town shall not be allowed on the road. So far, the authority
has eliminated several Boda boda stages to allow pedestrian move freely on the
Gideon Kule, a Cobbler at Mukwano Arcade, says
the Road has helped to control unruly Boda boda riders who would over speed. He
says they are no longer affected by floods as the drainage system has been
worked upon and the road raised. Kule says the place is now conducive for
pedestrians, saying it presents an opportunity to his business.
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Julius Kayemba a Boda boda rider and regular
user of the road, says it is still chaotic and unsafe for pedestrians. Boda
Bodas still use the road and cause chaos as they cross at any point of the
road including carrying their motor cycles to cross into another lane,
something that disrupts movement. Kayemba says thieves have taken advantage of the
chaos especially in the evening to snatch valuables from pedestrians.
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Ruth Nakazibwe alias Nalufenya, a street vendor,
says the street is neater and more orderly as there are less vehicles. She however, says their sales have reduced since
the road is one way, narrow and with fewer vehicles.
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According to KCCA, walking accounts for 46 per
cent of the trips above 1km in Greater Kampala while cycling accounts for only
two per cent. Over 2.5 million non-motorised transport trips are performed
daily in the metropolitan area, which is expected to increase to eight million
by the year 2040.
KCCA Spokesperson, Peter Kaujju expects
construction to be completed this month. Currently the lanes are laid while
work on the drainage system is still ongoing. KCCA
also wants to install signage and lights to make the road safer.
once complete, they will fully enforce proper usage of the road, which includes
removing Boda bodas, vehicles and vendors. He says trucks carrying merchandise
shall be allowed to operate between 10pm and 6am daily.
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According to the design of the corridor, from
Bakuli (Mengo) to Jaguar bus terminal, a two-direction flow of vehicles will be
permitted. Vehicle movement will be restricted in the section between Jaguar
bus terminal and Pride Theatre. From
Pride Theatre to Mackay Road (New Taxi Park) and Kisenyi Road, vehicles will be
allowed in one direction.
From New Taxi Park to Ben Kiwanuka Street and Burton
Street, vehicles will be restricted, while from Burton Street to Entebbe Road,
vehicles will be allowed in one direction. Traffic on Ben Kiwanuka Street and
Burton Street will be allowed to cross the NMT route but with organized control
at the Ben Kiwanuka junction.