Walking and Cycling in Africa – Evidence and Good Practice to Inspire Action
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UN-Habitat and UNEP

Walking and Cycling in Africa – Evidence and Good Practice to Inspire Action

This report is a first attempt at gathering, analysing and presenting data to demonstrate the everyday reality for the one billion people in Africa who walk and cycle every day.  It baselines conditions in all 54 African countries using existing data sources interpreted through a walking and cycling lens and highlights inspiring best practices. It emphasizes that making the life of people who walk and cycle in African countries safer, healthier and more comfortable needs to be a core priority if we are to ensure healthier and more equitable low carbon cities.

The report sets out recommendations for governments and other stakeholders and makes the case for retaining, enabling and protecting those already moving in the most sustainable way possible. Developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHabitat) and the Walk21 Foundation, it provides the evidence, knowledge and key actions required to ensure transport decisions made today will deliver safer, more sustainable and resilient networks in the future.

Country fact sheets

Country fact sheets

Executive summary

Executive summary


Chapter 1: Walking and cycling the predominant mode

Chapter 2: Safer streets safer spaces

Chapter 3: Access to safe and affordable transport

Chapter 4: What is it like to walk and cycle in Africa

Chapter 5: Promote and celebrate walking and cycling

Chapter 6: Embed commitment in policy