Initial stakeholder forum held and NMT policy development underway - to be launched by December 2018.
In Ghana, ‘cycling is socially not seen as an acceptable means of mobility, and conditions for pedestrians are not conducive, as road infrastructure design does not provide for safe and passable sidewalks’ (SSATP, 2014). Infrastructure for NMT in urban centers and schools is inadequate. There is also a lack of safety measures for, hawkers and others who make use of the few available facilities.
NMT Infrastructure shall be developed to improve affordability and accessibility for urban and rural communities – aiming for 10% of passenger movement.’ (National Transport Policy 2008)
Ghana has in recent years undertaken steps to prioritize NMT, although NMT policy is scattered across a number of policy documents and a range of different agencies and Ministries are responsible for their implementation and delivery.
National NMT Policy development
Initial stakeholder meetings took place in 2017 with the Ministry of Transport and the National Road Safety Agency. The support for NMT Policy development has commenced with the aim to finalize and develop the Ghana NMT policy by end of 2018. This support includes desk based research on NMT in Ghana covering the following research areas.
- Reality for pedestrians and cyclists in Ghana
- Existing NMT policies, projects and plans in Ghana (national and city level)
- Institutional analysis relating to NMT in Ghana
- Particular focus on the needs and issues of children.
As well as stakeholder engagement with civil society, educational institutions, private sector, automobile associations and other stakeholders.