Redeveloping pedestrian-friendly streets in neighborhoods to a better community and urban planning A case study of Kira municipality, Kampala, Uganda
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Cities adapt pedestrian-friendly streets due to their numerous advantages to their communities. With them providing a healthy lifestyle for the community citizens, they must be well designed, planned, and safe while adapting to the cultural lifestyle of the residents who shall be the users. “Pedestrian-friendly” streets create a separate space for pedestrians from vehicular traffic while connecting them to different places in the city or town. Kira is a municipality in the suburbs of Kampala’s capital city. It is the largest town by population and the second largest urban center after Kampala capital city of Uganda. Kira is mainly a dormitory town that houses high-class, middle-class, and low-income households on average, and most of the people leave the town to work in Kampala city. Over the past 20 years, the municipality has experienced continued fast growth and development. The city planners are also facing challenges in reorganizing the city and providing better planned and safe pedestrian friendly streets for their communities. The modes of transportation used are mainly taxi vans, motorcycling, biking, and walking, as the high traffic congestion influences them.Through a study of different junctions along a suggested corridor within the municipality, this research will explore the different planning options the city can adopt and the contribution of urban design to the built environment while establishing pedestrian-friendly mixed-use streets. Through visual imagery and mapping, the research will provide the context of the current situation in the city, which will aid in finding suitable recommendations and improvements for the problems faced.