African cities are growing faster than in any region in the world. By 2050, 60 percent of people in Africa will live in cities.

Yet, improvements to city services, infrastructure, and transit are not keeping pace with this growth. The majority of transportation-related investments are road construction, even though the vast majority of Africans do not own cars. Instead, people must rely on inconsistent, informal, and often dangerous modes of public transport.

ITDP first began working in Africa in the late 1980s, bringing bicycles to midwives and women farmers in Mozambique to improve their mobility and productivity. In 1998, ITDP launched Afribike, a program in South Africa to distribute bikes to poor communities and healthcare workers. This paved the way for the Access Africa program, which has assisted thousands of people with opportunities for work, education, and improved access to essential services such as to health clinics.

Over the years, ITDP Africa has worked with cities in designing and implementing high-quality bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, bike networks and pedestrian projects. These include the Dar es Salaam’s BRT, or DART, which opened as the first world-class BRT in East Africa in 2016; Johannesburg’s silver-standard Rea Vaya BRT, Cape Town’s bronze-standard MyCiTi BRT. Today, ITDP manages projects in Africa though our head office in Nairobi, Kenya, and has projects in Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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