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Sub Saharan Africa Transport Program As of late 1993 the World Bank was suppose to be beginning to develop a new policy on transport in Africa. The program was being coordinated through the Sub Saharan Africa Transport Program (SSATP).

Phase I of the Urban Transport Component (UTC) identified severe supply constraint of public transport, the inadequacy of urban infrastructure and lack of appropriate urban transport policy in African cities as the focus was on motorized supply.

Phase II of the UTC is a study on non-motorized transport. Surveys are now being carried out simultaneously by a French team working in Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso, and a Dutch team working in Tanzania and Kenya. The objectives are to: identify constraints to bicyclists and pedestrians; determine the elements of the cycle experience in Asian cities which could help to develop these modes in Africa; develop action programs for non- motorized transport in the case study cities; develop a non- motorized urban transport strategy for African cities and a program of dissemination; and provide specific detailed recommendations for the design of non-motorized facilities in the African context.

The study does not seem to look at land use patterns in African or Asian cities or to address the fact that most African cities were designed by Europeans or European trained planners and that the problem might be in part land-use based.

Another component of SSATP, the Rural Travel & Transport Project (RTTP), is working on guidelines for intermediate transport (i.e. bicycles, tricycles and trailers). The RTTP has produced a technical paper (#161) "Intermediate Means of Transport in Sub-Saharan Africa," available from World Bank.



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