Bicycle Partnership Program

Rationale of the BPP
Cycling and proverty reduction
Aims of the BPP
Intervention strategies
Capacity building
Focus regions
Strategic Alliances
Regional Activities
Latin America
BPP team

Kenya has an estimated population of 33 million with about 4.7 million inhabitants in Nairobi City. Projections are that Nairobi’s night population will be 6.7 million by the year 2020. This demands urgent measures for the urban transport services to serve mobility needs of the population. The situation is one where there is poor maintenance of private and commercial vehicles which result to air pollution from vehicular emissions. The road network is inadequate with the recent JICA Study concluding that traffic speeds are increasingly getting slower with the congestion of private and commercial vehicles particularly in the City of Nairobi. There has also been a very poor history of transport planning, policies to enforce existing laws, rules and regulations. The institutions dealing with transport in general have remained weak and ineffective. There are serious deficiencies in the current planning approach adopted by different agencies, with very little or no cognizance of stakeholders views.


Kenya and the Bicycle Partnership Program
Although some cities in East Africa have shown some interest in the Bicycle Partnership Program, there are hardly any funding mechanisms that would support the implementation of cycling facilities. Thereupon bicycle availability may be a higher priority than the lack of infrastructural facilities. The support of Civil Society Organisations in this region towards more self-reliance is continued to support and maintain the bottom up pressure on authorities to take into account the relevance of non-motorised transport for its civilians.


The aims for the Bicycle Partnership Program in Eastern Africa are to contribute to the coming into existence of a fruitful programmatic framework. In this regard I-CE is working on creating an “African Agenda”.


Those cities having an MoU and asking for support, will be assisted in making a proper assessment of the situation, and to make the best use of the limited options they have.


Urban Matters work week Kisumu (Kenya) 27 September - 3 October 

From 27 September to 3 October 2009 Cordaid organised a work week in Kisumu as part of the Urban Matters programme. During this week different stakeholders who are working on developing the neighbourhood Manyatta were brought together to link their activities and come up with a joint strategy and action plan. Marieke de Wild (I-CE's CSO coordinator) participated in the thematic group on urban transport.

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