Nairobi, Kenya: Accelerating change in the transport sector
This is a project case story within the framework of the TUMI Challenge 2018. Nairobians often use a combination of walking and minibuses (locally called “matatus”) to get around the city. Although matatus form the backbone of public transport, journey times are often long and unpredictable, and commuters are exposed to numerous hazards. With the resulting increase in private vehicle use, the city suffers from increased traffic congestion, air and noise pollution, injuries and road fatalities. Nairobi needs an integrated public and non-motorised transport network that is reliable, affordable, safe and accessible to all income groups. The Mobility Accelerator aims to support young start-ups that offer transformative, practical, well-researched and proven solutions to urban mobility challenges in order to improve the commuting experience in African cities.