Road Trust calls for pedestrian road facilities

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The Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST) has urged government through the Lusaka City Council to invest in facilities for pedestrians and cyclists during the implementation of the Lusaka City Roads Decongestion Project.

ZRST Chairman, Daniel Mumba said pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users and accidents involving them usually result in death or serious injuries.

Mr. Mumba explained that pedestrians and cyclists account for more than 60 per cent of all road deaths per annum in Zambia for many years now stating that in 2016 at least 950 pedestrians were recorded killed by the police.

He stated that the key factor is inadequate road environment which in many cases do not cater for the needs of non-motorized road users as evidenced by the lack of facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to cross.

“The Lusaka City Roads Decongestion Project comes with lots of resources, it should be designed by Zambians that recognize that 90% of Lusaka residents walk. It should also give preference to pedestrians not just vehicles,” he said.

Mr. Mumba observed that if well implemented the road project will be an opportunity that sets the direction to bring together all modes of transport in the city into a world class integrated network that puts pedestrian first.

He further said ZRST would like to see a wide range of pedestrian facilities that support road safety for pedestrians and improve connectivity which should include signalized pedestrian facilities providing safer opportunities to cross the road.

This was contained in a statement made available to ZANIS this morning.

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  1. The councils should redesign the roads. We have houses with big outside yards that owners block Pedestrians to walk on. A good example is Chintu and Kariba roads in Ndola. This matter should be treated with the urgency it deserves

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  2. The money the spend on our roads that show be standard …now the only problem will be when make a provision for pedestrian paths you have allow for drainage as well…

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  3. It’s not only Lusaka that needs those facilities. Every Zambian big city needs that. The Council also has to look into township bus stations. What we have now especially in Ndola are not laybys at bus Stations but potholes. With these low roof minibuses you always hit your head against the bus is parking or leaving the Station.

    There should also be a law for shop owners to pave their shop corridors and paint their Shops. Some shops where painted before Independence when some of us where not even born.

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  4. Oh no disaster already. These guys just show us how irrelevant they have been. All these years only to talk about such important issues this year and yet even in colonial era we had cycle tracks and pedestrian roads. Really this year!!!!
    Oh maybe they have just had a new boss who seem to remember road users. All along road users have been only motorists.
    Ok lets act then its time to act if your are not just sugar coating.
    Disaster!

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  5. This good massage from ZRST and I hope the supervising Authority will consider this seriously. At the moment all Road Projects are akin to only improve facilities for cars and yet ignore the majority of population that cant afford a car and only rely on walking and cycling.

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  6. VERY BACKWARD THINKING, DECONGESTION PROJECT MEANS EXPANDING THE ROADS TO ACCOMMODATE MORE TRAFFIC IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WALKWAYS OR CYCLISTS LANES , THEY DO NO CONJEST THE ROAD

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