Ethiopia’s capital and largest city, Addis Ababa, has been growing rapidly for decades. Like many cities around the world, Addis has expanded to accommodate cars, while having become increasingly hostile to pedestrians. This has resulted in an unsafe environment for the 85% of Addis the 3.2 million residents who travel by walking, cycling, and public transport. In addition, the growing number of vehicles on the streets emit an annual 1.4 million tons of CO2, half of the city’s emissions.

Fortunately, the city is in the midst of a major shift in transportation priorities, from car-only road building to efficient public transport and high-quality facilities for walking and cycling. ITDP Africa is working with the Addis Ababa Road and Transport Bureau (AARTB), on a major expansion involving metro, light rail, and bus rapid transit, which would provide safe, equitable, and efficient transport options while mitigating the effects of climate change. To support these systems and improve quality of life in the city, ITDP is also supporting AARTB’s efforts to aggressively expand sidewalks, cycle lanes, safer intersection crossings, and quality public spaces.


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