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20 · september · 2019

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Citified, the monthly newsletter by the Lagos Urban Development Initiative. We are passionate about how we as citizens can live in a Lagos we love, and to make this happen we must ensure that we have a voice when decisions are being made about our communities, our neighborhoods, and our city.

This month we are focusing on Transportation in Lagos. Everyone knows the realities of travelling within Lagos: it is slow and gruelling. But why does it still persist? 

This month's newsletter will discuss the current means of going around in Lagos, a look at what the government is doing to address this, and other steps that the city needs to take to improve its mobility. 

Olamide Udoma-Ejorh
Executive Director

Buses, Bikes, Cars, Boats, and Everthing in-between. How Exactly do We Move Around in Lagos? 

"The transport network in the state is predominantly road based with 90% of total passengers and goods moved through that mode."

What Happened to Lagos' Light Rail?

Amidst a budget controversy and ongoing re-evaluation of the project, the development of the first line in the new rail scheme has slowed down significantly.

No, Wider Roads and Quick Fixes aren't Viable Solutions. Here's a Lesson in Induced Demand

"Lagos traffic stories come with the oft-repeated solutions: providing more traffic wardens, enforcing traffic regulations, widening existing roads, and of course constructing new ones for more routes. These ideas have merit, and in some areas of the city they might actually be of some help. But each of them commit the capital sin of overlooking the main culprit of traffic: cars."

The State and Private Investors are Looking towards Water

"The waterways of Lagos offer a speedy means of alternative transport that could foster the local economy, but many hurdles need to be overcome"

The New Non-Motorized Transport Policy offers a New Hope 

Moving forward, street designs in Lagos will prioritize the movement of cyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized transit options according to LAMATA (Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority).

Lagos Urban Network Events 

Join us for our fourth Bridge Series talk of the year! Episode 4 is themed "Waste Management & Recycling." Waste in Lagos is handled through the Lagos State Waste Management Association (LAWMA), but it faces challenges with funding, equipment, labor, and machinery. What are the solutions for building an efficient waste collection method that also considers recycling? Our speakers are residents who have experience in this sector: Dr. Temilade Sesan, and Mazi Ukonu. Food and refreshments are always provided. 

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These neat illustrations show how we behave in public spaces. Which ones depict you? [Guardian

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