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.
“Public transport does not have the image it should have for people to shift from cars to public transport,” Kodukula told VOA. “People in African cities think public transport is poor, or not attractive enough for them to shift.”
Los Angeles is notorious for horrible traffic. You can find thousands of images of its freeways crammed with headlights that go on for miles. In New York, you only get in a car if you have to. Walking is usually faster than sitting on the roads. Africa’s traffic troubles rival those of the famous U.S. Route 101 in California.
Here are 12 African cities with the worst traffic.