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Advocating for a Just Road System

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#MyLane2 is a public awareness and advocacy campaign calling for the adoption of a comprehensive Non-Motorised Transport Legislation in Kenya.

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Let’s Keep Kenya’s cycling lanes  Available,  Accessible, Safe and Fun.

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Supporting the vital work that WWF-Kenya is doing to champion the introduction of a comprehensive Non-Motorised Transport Legislation in Kenya. 

Greening our roads and making trees an important part of our cityscapes.

Restoring disappearing forests through the Cycling for Forests initiative.

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WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Through the #MyLane2 platform we call on the Kenyan people as right holders to come together and call on policymakers to take action and prioritise NMT as a key enabler towards Safety for ALL without prejudice on Kenyan roads and cutting down carbon emissions.

Without just road systems and infrastructure a large proportion of the country's population which relies on NMT like walking and cycling to commute is left out to seek safety in numbers and luck yet every aspect of our lives is linked to mobility.

There is an urgent need, therefore, to hasten and prioritize NMT systems through the exploration of legislation which can be domesticated, cascaded and adopted by various counties, cities and towns across Kenya.

Enhancing and encouraging the use of NMT options through legislation adoption, implementation and education on the need, use, importance and policing of dedicated walking and cycling lanes will increase uptake of green mobility practices.

The campaign aims to boost Kenya's initiatives under the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan 2016-2030 towards a low carbon pathway.
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What is WWF-Kenya Doing?

We are advocating for the adoption and implementation of progressive national legislation on NMT which will ensure there are dedicated cycling and walking lanes on urban and peri-urban roads and road shoulders on highways.

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We are creating awareness on the benefits of cycling and walking by showing the link between NMT, nature, economy, health and livelihoods. They play a key role in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy through decongestion of roads, clean air and zero pollution. Also, it is good for the economy. Money lost in traffic jams in Nairobi alone is estimated at Ksh.100 billion every year, translating to Ksh.11 million Daily.

We are calling for the policing of existing cycling and pedestrian lanes and the enhancement of safety measures on existing designs.

We are engaging policymakers at National and County levels to support and adopt sustainable transport initiatives.

We are collaborating with cycling groups and communities to create awareness by supporting NMT awareness initiatives across the country.

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HERE IS WHY YOU SHOULD CHAMPION #MYLANE2
The advocacy call to action through the demand for prioritization of Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) systems, is anchored on a non-discrimination principal - safety for ALL without prejudice on Kenyan roads. Thorugh inclusive road transport design and construction Kenya will transition towards sustainable road infrastructure development practices as outlined in national, regional and international commitments like;

Art 42 0f the Constitution of Kenya 2010: The Constitution grants Every person the right to a clean and healthy environment, which includes the right- (a) to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations through legislative and other measures, particularly those contemplated in Article 69; and (b) to have obligations relating to the environment fulfilled under Article 70.

Kenya’s Green Economy Strategy Implementation Plan (GESIP) 2016 - 2030 which recommends the integration of NMT in the design and construction of roads in all county headquarters, reduction of vehicular emissions through legal and fiscal measures and incorporating climate-proofing into the infrastructural design, construction and maintenance.
Kenya’s Paris Agreement and National Climate Change Commitments – Through the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), responds to decisions adopted at the 19th and 20th sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Abating green house gas emissions by 30% by 2030 is one of them. Sectors covered by the contribution include transportation as per the guidelines of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It includes the promotion and implementation of mitigation activities, including Low carbon and efficient transportation systems.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - NMT contributes to the realisation of at least 10 out of the 17 SDGs as part of a wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The fact that that among the SDGs Goals is the Goal on Health and Well Being, and Target ( 3.2) "Halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents: - This Target has not been met. In Kenya, over 3000 Kenyans lose their lives in road traffic crashes every year. The majority of these people are vulnerable road users – pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists, and mainly young people. In addition, nearly one-third of deaths are among passengers – many of whom are killed in unsafe forms of public transportation. More than 75% of road traffic casualties are economically productive young adults. Pedestrians and passengers are the most vulnerable; they account for 80% of the deaths. A just road system will reduce these needless deaths.