COVID Challenge Mombasa, Kenya

POP-UP Pedestrianization

In addition to responding to the COVID 19 pandemic, the project supports the piloting and acceptance of active mobility and thus the development of sustainable and inclusive cities.

In short

Pop-up pedestrianization by creating a car free zone

Technical designs of traffic flow with gates

Awareness raising and event to culminate the project

Installation of hygiene stations

The challenge

ITDP is working with UN Habitat and the County of Mombasa to initiate car free days, with whom we are teaming up to create a first pilot at Makadara Road. In times of the corona pandemic, everyday life in this neighbourhood is difficult because of the high footfall and the close contact between many people. Nevertheless, the restaurants and eating areas are an essential part of the public and social life as well as the supply of the population.

The pilot

TUMI plans to reroute the traffic and close the road for cars. This barrier will be opened and closed daily (in the afternoons) to allow morning and day traffic to flow thru, and afternoon and evenings to be given to pedestrians.

The city of Mombasa is an important partner for the implementation of the pilot.

Intended impact

By providing a car-free zone, it will allow the citizens of Mombasa safely enjoy the street food at a safe distance. This space increase will also provide vendors with increased opportunities to have a safe and vibrant space to sell more food and create inclusive streets.

500m of pedestrianized streets enable outdoor eating on Makadara Road, facilitate physical distancing and improve access.

Create an inclusive and conducive area where pedestrians and vendors can interact safely. The end result would be Pop-up pedestrianization.

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