Streets for walking and cycling

Streets for walking and cycling


Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Type(s) of Tool

GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.


Urban Planning, Transportation

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design.

Open Source


Language Availability

Arabic, English, French

Country of Origin


Date of Development





These Guidelines support the construction of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in African cities that ensures safety, accessibility and comfort for users. Many cities across the continent of Africa have a large percentage of walking and cycling as a mode share for trips. While walking and cycling is often fundamental in African cities, they often lack the infrastructure and design to make that safe and comfortable.

Tool Outcome

The Guidelines support the design of footpaths, closings, cycle-tacks, intersections, street network & land use.

Sustainability Criteria

The tool focuses on the following aspects of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure:
– Safety
– Accessibility
– Comfort

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