Addis Ababa NMT strategy

Adopted in 2018, the Addis Ababa NMT Strategy sets out an ambitious plan for improving the city’s walking and cycling facilities. The Strategy calls for the implementation of 600 km of new footpaths and 200 km of dedicated cycle facilities over 10 years. The Strategy also calls for the introduction of a bicycle sharing system to serve short trips in the city centre and improve connectivity to light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT). The Addis Ababa City Roads Authority has begun implementing the Strategy in earnest having developed 22 km of footpaths during the 2018-19 fiscal year, with another 50 km of footpaths slated for construction in 2019-20. The city government has pursued a multi-stakeholder approach to NMT advocacy, partnering with technical assistance organisations, civil society groups, academic institutions, and national ministries to raise awareness about NMT and broaden support for NMT improvements.

New footpaths under construction in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Source: ITDP Africa)