The Zambian Roads and Highway Safety Group has noted with concern that the new roads currently being constructed in Zambia have no provisions for non-motorised transport such as cyclists and pedestrians.
According to the World Health Organisation more than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads each year accounting for 22 percent of the total 1.2 million road traffic deaths.
Group Admin Mthoniswa Banda says the new roads have no specific designated lanes for cyclists especially in congested city centres and busy townships.
Mr Banda says it is unfortunate that there is no deliberate effort in the road designs to encourage the use of non-motorised transport within the city roads.
He said urgent steps are needed to ensure more equitable allocation of road space by focusing on walking, cycling, and public transport in the planning, design, construction and management of transport systems.