Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials have said for the first time Lubiri Ring Road in Rubaga division is to have dedicated bicycle lanes as one way of improving safety for road users, according
The 3.5km road that goes around the perimeter wall of the Buganda Kabaka’s Palace, is a historical road in Kampala and good for tourism.
The bicycle lane is expected to help tourists who want to ride around the palace do it in a safe way.
This road has been contracted to Abubaker Technical Services who is expected to complete it in eight months.
With funding from the government of Uganda, KCCA embarked on the reconstruction of this road, which will change the whole look of the neighborhood.
In addition to dedicated bike lanes, Dorothy Kisaka, the KCCA executive director said the road will feature sidewalks, traffic signs, street lights, drains and trees.
“This initiative will definitely improve the safety of the road users and make the daily commute more comfortable. Bicycle lanes help to improve traffic flow because it gives bikers a place in the roadway,” said
She explained that the sidewalks will help make the road more inclusive by facilitating pedestrians’ mobility, adding that the traffic signs will help in improving road safety for all users.
Officials noted that the drains will help ensure the sustainability of the road. The trees will improve on the beauty of the road as well as climate change mitigation.
Designing streets that focus on safety is part of the Kampala Smart City initiative which is in line with KCCA’s Vision of being a Vibrant, Attractive and Sustainable city.
Introduction of bicycle lanes as a promotion of non-motorized transport is a step in the right direction.
When completed, officials said Lubiri Ring Road will become the third road in Kampala to have bicycles lanes after Archer road and the non-motorized transport corridor on Luwum Street and Namirembe road.
Meanwhile another road being constructed in Rubaga and funded by the central government is Nabulagala road which is approximately 1.6km long. Nabulagala will have sidewalks, traffic signs, streetlights, drains and trees.
The new designs for the two roads aim at promoting inclusiveness, improve road safety and ensure sustainability.
These road construction projects will also play an important role in supporting local businesses and creating much-needed job opportunities.