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
Comfort, continuity, and safety are the governing criteria for the design and construction of pedestrian facilities. For this reason, the footpaths are divided into three main zones: the frontage zone, the pedestrian zone, and the furniture zone. #NairobiWeWant
Each of these zones plays an important role in a well-functioning footpath. #NairobiWeWant
Footpaths should be elevated above the carriageway, with a kerb height of no more than 150 mm. #NairobiWeWant
Footpaths should have flat walking surfaces, allowing for proper drainage and preventing puddles from forming. Guide tiles should be laid along the length of the footpath to assist persons with vision impairments. #NairobiWeWant
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