For Africa’s urban dwellers, traffic is part of life in the big city.
Urbanization rates reached 40 percent in Africa in 2010, and are projected to reach 60 percent in 2050, according to U.N. Habitat, the U.N. agency for human settlements, VOANews reported.
Many African cities were poorly planned, says urban planner Amanda Ngabirano, of Kampala, Uganda.
As African cities began to grow, they didn’t look to Europe’s transit-friendly street plans, but to America’s suburban, car-friendly sprawl, said Sunny Kodukula, global coordinator for EcoMobility.
That could take decades to undo. Meanwhile, public transport needs a makeover in African cities where prosperity, for many, means getting your own car.