With the support from the UN Habitat Public Space Branch, ITDP is working on reclaiming space for pedestrians in Ruiru Town, Kenya. Relying heavily on a participatory process, the project held a stakeholders workshop to discuss the development of innovative street design scenarios in Ruiru. Key proposals from the workshop participants included the development of new social spaces, the provision of dedicated facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, the implementation of traffic calming measures, and public transport priority measures.
The project involves identifying and harmonizing the desired transport system goals originating from the different design proposals. This will form part of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for Ruiru Town which is currently being developed by the County Government of Kiambu and the University of Nairobi Institute for Development Studies (IDS). ITDP will coordinate with the SUMP team to incorporate important findings in the design.
ITDP in collaboration with stakeholders is also working with the county to develop an urban transport policy that outlines how transport investments will be aligned with the county’s goal of transforming urban development and travel patterns by establishing a network of compact, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods linked by high quality public transport.