Gov’t allocates JD10M to rehabilitate arterial roads for pedestrians

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AMMAN — The Transport Sector Strategy for 2024-2028 has introduced a new project aimed at rehabilitating the main arterial roads, with JD10 million allocated for pedestrian pathways. The initiative, to be executed by the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), seeks to improve pedestrian infrastructure in the capital, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

According to the plan, the specified timeframe for the project is 2024, indicating that the funding will come from the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) budget, with the municipality overseeing its implementation.

The strategy outlined that the project intends to conduct studies for pedestrian and bicycle lanes, aligning with the Economic Modernization Vision (EMV) of the projects included in the plan to transform Amman into a smart city.

Sustainable transportation strategies and initiativesThe strategy plans to establish an integrated transport system connecting various sustainable transportation modes. This includes enhancing infrastructure to make walking and cycling more attractive, along with improving the quality of public transportation services. Active transportation, such as walking and cycling, alongside public transportation modes, is deemed crucial for achieving national and strategic objectives.

Furthermore, the strategy aims to empower women in society and increase their productivity by providing an affordable and accessible transportation mode for everyone.

The sustainable urban transport project focuses on enhancing access to services for individuals within the community by reducing travel distances and promoting non-mechanical, shared, and public transportation options, thereby reducing reliance on private vehicles.

Additionally, the strategy highlighted the project's significance in school transport and trips, noting that many students in government schools walk to their schools, contributing to their long-term health and physical activity. However, it stressed the need for safe infrastructure to enable children to reach their schools without traffic risks.

The strategy also addressed the decline in the use of sustainable urban transport for commuting, attributing it to the lack of a clear strategy and action plan. Despite being a cost-effective transportation option, especially for short-distance trips, sustainable urban transport lacks adequate planning. Safety concerns are paramount for walking and cycling, emphasizing the importance of ensuring safe infrastructure and dedicated lanes to encourage active transportation.

Furthermore, the annual report on traffic accidents in Jordan for 2021 revealed 208 pedestrian fatalities, including five cases involving pedestrians on sidewalks, 157 cases on roads, and six cases involving cyclists. These statistics underscore the urgent need for safe infrastructure to reduce road casualties.

However, the strategy outlined the main challenges facing sustainable urban transport systems in Jordan, including the lack of infrastructure encouraging walking and cycling, safety concerns, low levels of physical activity, and the absence of data on cyclists and electric bicycle users. Therefore, the strategy proposed several recommendations to achieve a comprehensive sustainable transportation system, including developing a clear strategy, establishing dedicated lanes for cyclists, and conducting comprehensive studies on sustainable urban transport, focusing on cycling and walking.

Therefore, the strategy includes comprehensive plans to address the challenges facing sustainable transportation. These plans encompass awareness campaigns, cooperative bike-sharing programs, pedestrian and cyclist-friendly law improvements, incentives for companies to provide infrastructure, and better pedestrian facilities in various areas for a more pedestrian-friendly urban environment.

 Car-sharing initiatives are also part of the strategy, aiming to increase vehicle occupancy, reduce congestion and pollution, and promote shared trips to common destinations. These efforts involve prioritizing buses and rapid transit services, promoting car-sharing through applications, and incentivizing car owners to offer car-sharing services.

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