Move Windhoek: Sustainable Urban Transport

Strengthening of Institutional and Management Capacitiy in the Road Sector
Contact: Prof. Dr. Heinrich Semar

The city of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, is in urgent need of more efficient public transport and land-use planning, because of a lack thereof the urban poor currently spend up to 25% of their income on their mobility needs.

In a joint project, the City of Windhoek, Ministry of Works and Transport, and GIZ developed the “Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan for Windhoek including Rehoboth, Okahandja and Hosea Kutako International Airport” (“Move Windhoek”). The plan was launched end of 2013 and was approved by cabinet in 2014. It enables decision makers in the transport sector to develop an affordable, accessible, attractive and efficient public and non-motorised transport system for the next 20 years.

Main problems in public transport were an absent full day bus service, a lack of interchanges connecting different routes within the city and a bus fleet that cannot nearly satisfy peak hour demand, as well as poor route planning resulting in irregular frequencies. Therefore, part of the implementation stage of the “Move Windhoek” project is the process of developing new and modified bus routes and an operational concept that results in an integrated bus network while integrating the taxi industry. The project will also modernize the bus fleet and procure new busses.

“Move Windhoek” also promotes the use of non-motorised transport with success, for instance by supporting non-governmental organisations in holding events such as the annual ‘Cycle to Work Day’. In 2014, the annual event ‘Windhoek on Bike’ was held for the first time, attracting around 200 participants. Raising awareness for public and non-motorised transport is additionally achieved by continuous media involvement. “Move Windhoek” is available on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

“Move Windhoek” inspired the plans for a transport master plan for the northern regions of Namibia and gained international recognition by visiting conferences on sustainable transport in Washington, Geneva, Munich, and Johannesburg, as well as by receiving the UITP award for innovative mobility.

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