Windhoek, Namibia: Moving from Transport Planning to action
This is a project case story within the framework of the TUMI Challenge 2018. Despite having a relatively small population, Windhoek suffers from the combined effects of apartheid spatial planning and a car-oriented mobility system. While many other cities have minibus-taxi and bus operators with the capacity to move large numbers of passengers in a single journey, Windhoek relies mainly on four-seater sedan taxis, which take up a lot of road space and produce significantly more emissions per passenger. As part of its Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan, the city is investing in high-occupancy buses and non-motorised transport (NMT) infrastructure in an effort to make economic opportunities more accessible to low-income citizens, and to reduce peak-hour congestion, accidents, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions associated with cars.
This article provides an overview of transport planning in Windhoek, including the expansion of public bus services and preparations to improve NMT.