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During a discussion on #RoadSafety at @UNHabitat, I came across this reference guide authored by the agency and @ITDPAfrica on the design of street elements to create safe, usable and accessible environments for pedestrians and cyclists. #NairobiWeWant #Thread
Keeping vehicle speeds low is a crucial element of pedestrian safety. At speeds below 30 km/h, it is much easier for drivers to see their surroundings and detect any potential conflicts with pedestrians, cyclists, or other motor vehicles. #NairobiWeWant
Well planned footpaths provide continuous space for walking. They also support other activities such as street vending and waiting at bus stops without compromising pedestrian mobility. The success of a footpath depends on the integration of multiple elements. #NairobiWeWant
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...and for women. From the very start, (Kenyan) women were not considered part of the design of the town. Not in the labour system or the economy.

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If you want to read about the labour force, and gender politics of early Nairobi, there's this really good book...
amazon.com/Comforts-Home-…

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One of the best takeaways from this book is that the women who built Nairobi were first commercial sex workers, then service providers and landladies. Efforts to lock them out of the economy still fail today. But we still have a Victorian attitude towards them...
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