Non-Motorised Transport

Bikeway in Bogotá © Institute of Urban Development, City of Bogotá

Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) is trips made on foot, by bicycle or tricycle including the use of handcarts and wheelchairs. Lower-income and transportation-disadvantaged people (such as the elderly, the young or handicapped) often rely heavily on NMT and so benefit significantly from improvements in NMT facilities. The development of NMT is a key element in successfully encouraging sustainable, inclusive and integrated urban transport. Although there are many ways to improve NMT facilities, there are also several barriers to be overcome; for example, insufficient technical staff/design expertise. In addition, some people consider walking and cycling outdated, unsophisticated and unexciting compared with motorised modes, or even to be symbols of poverty and failure.

Read more in the gTKP Urban Mobility Topic Information Sheet on Non-Motorised Transport.