Promoting non-motorized transport in medium sized provincial cities
Global benefits: 262,000 tons of reduced CO2 over the next 20 years as a direct result of successful implementation of the proposed pilot projects and a potential for over 4 million tons of CO2 through successful replication in all the
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Component 2 is designed to increase or sustain the modal share of non-motorized
transport in middle size provincial cities such as Shebin EL-Kom and Fayoum. The residents in these cities are increasingly relying on the use of shared taxis and, more recently, three wheelers (3Ws) as a substitute mode for walk trips.
The objective of this component is to work against this trend and to raise the status of non-motorized transport, namely walking and cycling, as a comfortable, healthy, safe and cheap way of moving from one place to another within the distances suited for this purpose.
The initial focus of the project is on improving the NMT infrastructure for two middle cities close to Cairo, namely Fayoum and Shebin El-Kom with supporting promotional activities so as to test the concept and, in the case of a successful outcome, initiate its replication in additional middle size cities
The outcome of component 2 is aimed to be achieved by: Constructing two pilot NMT corridors in Shebin EL-Kom and Fayoum with improved facilities for walking and bicycle Designing and manufacturing bicycle racks, to be located in the two cities' accessible parking areas.
Facilitating the purchase of bicycles through funds administered by partner NGOs that help people buy bicycles and pay over equal monthly installments at zero interest rate.
Conducting promotional campaigns to raise the social acceptance of cycling and to lower the barriers to bicycle purchase and use;
Developing some local bicycle workshops and technicians to improve the NMT supply side services such as local bicycle repair
In Fayoum, the pilot project supports the local Governorate to improve the current sidewalks into a small NMT network with a total length of 14 km. The network includes separate lanes for walking and cycling as well as some supporting investments to make it more attractive for the users such as tree plantations etc.
The effort is further supported by a promotional campaign conducted in co-operation with the Governorate of Fayoum, Fayoum University and the Egyptian Social Fund for Development
The construction costs of these first pilots is shared between the GEF and the local Governorates. This co-operation is facilitated, among others, through the UNDP Global Compact Network Initiative.
In Shebin El-Kom, a second pilot project covers 14 km network with envisaged implementation and financing similar to those in Fayoum.