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Tema Ashaiman and Sekondi - Takoradi


Partership between Tema, Ashaiman en Sekondi Takoradi and I-CE
I-CE has signed MoUs with Tema, Ashaiman en Sekondi Takoradi. The aim is to promote cycling mobility by implementing pro-poor cycling policies.

 

 

Tema Metropolitan Assembly
Tema Metropolitan Assembly recently acquired the status of metropolitan assembly (through a Legislative Instrument). Tema Metropolitan area covers an area of 35,959 kilometers.  It shares boundaries on the north and east with Dangme West District Assembly, on the west with Accra Metropolitan Assembly and on the north-west with the Ga District Assembly. The distance from Accra is about 25 km. Tema is one of the five district administrative areas which make up the Greater Accra Region.

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Ashaiman Metropolitan Assembly
Ashaiman shares boundaries on the north with Tema Metropolitan Assembly, on the east with Dangme West District Assembly and on the west with Adenta Municipal Assembly. The distance from Accra is 20 km.

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Sekondi – Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly
Sekondi-Takoradi is a twin-city with a population of 335,000 in 2005. It is the capital of the Western Region of Ghana. It is Ghana's third largest city and an industrial and commercial center. The chief industries are timber, plywood, tobacco, shipbuilding and railroad repair. Takoradi is the Railway Headquarters of the Country. The rail line originates from here to Accra, Tema and Kumasi. The Government of Ghana has also received grants from Germany and Switzerland to expand the railway network in the Country to link the north of Ghana. Sekondi, older and larger, prospered from a railroad built in 1903 to hinterland mineral and timber resources. Takoradi has an important deepwater seaport, Ghana's first, built in 1928. Both stemmed from 17th Century Dutch, Swedish and English forts.

 

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Sekondi-Takoradi Cycling Inclusive Planning Team

The team is chaired by the new Presiding Member of the Assembly and they have also been meeting regularly. Ing. Magnus Quarshie and Nii Darko Darko have attended some of their meetings.

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Joint Tema-Ashiaman Bicycle Inclusive Planning Team

The Joint Team from Tema and Ashiaman have been meeting regularly in Tema (Department of Urban Road office) to discuss projects and activities that should be undertaken to improve bicycle use in Tema and Ashiaman. Representatives from the Centre for Cycling Expertise in the persons of Ing. Magnus L. Quarshie (Director) and Nii Darko Darko ( Programmes Coordinator) have participated in most of the meetings.

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Set up project team Cycling inclusive planning, 1-14 November 2008
In November 2008 Roelof Wittink, director of I-CE, and city officials of both twin cities Tema-Ashaiman and Sekondi-Takoradi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for partnership with I-CE. During the same week, a process started with a project team on Cycling Inclusive Planning in each of the twin cities Tema-Ashaiman and Sekondi-Takoradi. During the first meetings two I-CE experts, Arjen Jaarsma and Marieke de Wild, where there to guide the process in interactive training sessions.
 

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Explorative work visit, 10-12 July 2008
From 12th to 19th of July 2008 Mark Zuidgeest and Jeroen Verplanke of the ITC dept. of Urban and Regional Planning (PGM) went on a work visit to Ghana on behalf of Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE). The objective was to support the selection of candidate partners and set short and medium term targets for the Bicycle Partnership Program in the Greater Accra Region together with I-CE’s CSO partner in Ghana CCE.

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