Lagos, Nigeria: Improving sidewalks to enable safe NMT in one of Africa’s largest cities
This is a project case story within the framework of the TUMI Challenge 2018. With a population of over 20 million that is growing at a rate of 6% per annum, Lagos will soon be one of the largest cities in the world. Although it is Nigeria’s economic powerhouse, its potential is being stifled by poor transport systems that make living and working in it difficult. While some progress has been made in improving public transport, the current network is limited and the use of private cars is on the rise. There is limited infrastructure for commuting on foot or by bicycle, and a significant portion of the population is exposed to daily danger by sharing the road with motorized vehicles. The Sidewalk Challenge aims to demonstrate the benefits of non-motorized transport (NMT) infrastructure through 5 kilometers of new and upgraded sidewalks. It is one of the first projects aligned with the City’s 2018 NMT Policy, and will help build stakeholder support for the administration’s plans to create 900 kilometers of footpaths and 300 kilometers of cycle tracks by 2033.