'The people of Malawi have the right to walk and cycle in safety.’
Malawi National Transport Policy 2014

''Background

The following policy statements indicate the direction for NMT planning for Malawi:

  • To raise the profile of NMT in planning and programming for transport
  • To promote incorporation of facilities for NMT users including women, children, the elderly and disabled
  • To promote equality among all road users
  • To improve awareness of the social and cultural issues surrounding NMT

National commitments

Malawi’s first Transport Policy was drafted in 1999, and revised in 2004 and again in 2014. Its goal is to ‘ensure the development of a coordinated and efficient transport infrastructure that fosters the safe and competitive operation of viable, affordable, equitable and sustainable transport services.’

The National Transport Policy includes a short chapter on NMT, noting that ‘there is a need for specific consideration of NMT users to ensure that walking and cycling are promoted as healthy, sustainable, economical and non-polluting means of transport in both rural and urban areas, and that the people of Malawi have the right to walk and cycle in safety.’

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