This is the govts job. People should not do it, they should pester the govt until they do it. I know they have the best intentions, but we can't allow ourselves to let go of our rights.
http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/697166Cairo’s streets, riddled with potholes, can be a major source of frustration for motorists. Last month, a group of civic-minded youths began patching up Nasr City’s roads. The group, Basetah, wants to develop the country through resident participation.
“A lot of people talk and don’t act afterward. We try to work more than we talk,” said Ammar Yasser, one of the founders of Basetah, which translates as "simple" in English. “We’re trying to develop the country as much as we can. At the moment we are focusing beyond fixing potholes.”
Formed last March, Basetah hopes to improve engagement between different social groups. In the months following last year’s 18-day uprising, Yasser and his friends felt there was a breakdown in communication. In response, Basetah has volunteers devoted to hitting the streets and discussing issues “like what it means to be free, accepting and tolerant of others, as well as how to cooperate in a society,” said Yasser.
So far, the group has repaired four roads through its Seket al-Salam project, including Abbas al-Akkad Street and Zaker Hussein Street, which Yasser said are the most congested areas in Nasr City. Already, the group has raised roughly LE3,000 in donations to help improve roads in Nasr City.
Hoping to foster more large-scale community involvement, Basetah is reaching out to other civic groups and political movements. Other projects are already in the works. In cooperation with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Basetah has started a campaign to beautify run-down areas of Nasr City. Already, they have cleaned up the Sakr Koreish neighborhood.
“Because [roads are] such a big problem that affects everyone, we thought [Basetah] would really bring people together and promote cooperation, and not continuously depend on the authorities to get things done,” said Yasser, adding, “Even if the situation improves and local municipalities begin working in earnest, we want to promote self-sufficiency and localized problem solving.”
The project, which began with 12 volunteers, has already grown to 37 people, with an additional 250 who have registered to participate in future projects. Already, the group has plans to launch projects in Heliopolis, other districts of Nasr City, and possibly Maadi. The response from the community, according to Yasser, has been positive.
“I’m really glad someone is tackling this issue and is more organized about it than people were after the revolution. I started a cleaning campaign in my area, but I couldn’t continue working on it,” said Azza Gaber, a small-business owner who lives in Nasr City. “They are obviously taking it seriously and committing a large part of their time to it, which is necessary for the project to continue and I hope it does.”
Though some of the volunteers are engineers, Yasser said that so far, much of what they’ve learned has been though “trial and error.”
In the weeks after Mubarak's fall, people organized large clean-up efforts throughout the city. Throughout downtown, people armed with brooms, gloves and trash bags partook in a massive cleanup. Though the fervor was short-lived, the effort showed many how to empower their communities.
“To see projects like this on the street will push people to feel a greater sense of responsibility, to make them see that they too can make a difference in their communities,” said Yasser. “Most people have untapped energy that just needs channeling, and now we have other similar initiatives working on the same issue ... in Heliopolis.”
I wish the best for Egypt and IMO infrastructure and urban organization/makeover should be No.1 priority for Egypt , now.
I can't believe this is Khaled Ebn El Waled, anyone who has been here before knows that the street was barely navigable.
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Source: http://thecairopost.com/news/115105/news/interior-ministry-mulls-bike-lanesInterior Ministry mulls bike lanes
CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior is studying the feasibility of creating bike lanes after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called for increased bike commuting in a Friday bike marathon, MBC Masr channel reported.
Sisi said in a speech ahead of the marathon that the distance of 20 kilometers is the average people travel to go to university or work, and that riding a bicycle for an hour or 90 minutes instead of driving or taking public transportation would save money.
“We will start implementing Sisi’s initiative in new cities, especially Cairo and Giza, as we have large pavements where we can incorporate bike lanes and signals,” the head of the General Directorate for Traffic Medhat Koretam told MBC Masr Sunday.
Koretam said that those who died in 2013 due to road accidents in 2013 reached 6,700, and 22,397 were injured, adding that the General Directorate for Traffic seeks to decrease this number by applying traffic regulations.
An estimated 12,000 Egyptians die every year in automobile accidents, according to a 2012 report by the World Health Organization.
“80 percent of the accidents are due to human error and the other 20 percent are due to the roads and the vehicle,” Samy Mokhtar, the head of the Egyptian Association for the Care of Victims of Roads, told The Cairo Post in May.
I don't know but i have true feelings that motorcyclist will take it to their advantage... Let's hope there is a true urban planning project like those in Montreal and all over Europe. Looks like El Sisi is aware of the negativeness of the removal of Gas subsidize, Egypt has to offer better alternatives for drivers.Source: http://thecairopost.com/news/115105/news/interior-ministry-mulls-bike-lanes
Much needed, Egyptians wont know how to use them though.
One thing is missing, removing all these awful panels from the buildings to buildings.I can't believe this is Khaled Ebn El Waled, anyone who has been here before knows that the street was barely navigable.
Let's be fair it's only this narrow towards the end of it, at the other end, nearer to the tram station it's pretty decently wide and traffic is smooth.I can't believe this is Khaled Ebn El Waled, anyone who has been here before knows that the street was barely navigable.
Damn right they better study it, they're about to get rid of most of the parking slots in the city.Source: http://thecairopost.com/news/115105/news/interior-ministry-mulls-bike-lanes
Much needed, Egyptians wont know how to use them though.
Parking slots is the main reason for all these traffic jam in Cairo. People will stop using their vehicle when they can't park elsewhere. In urban planning, we consider parking slots as a urban disease. I am really surprised of the project, never thought Egypt will be considering sustainable development to prevail traffic jams.Damn right they better study it, they're about to get rid of most of the parking slots in the city.
You're not really making the streets any bigger by replacing the parking slots with an extra cycling lane and extra pavement, you're rather violating your own laws, since each new building in Egypt by law must have enough parking lots, hence most new apartment buildings are having underground garage and sometimes extra green space too. (Since 2005-6?)Parking slots is the main reason for all these traffic jam in Cairo. People will stop using their vehicle when they can't park elsewhere. In urban planning, we consider parking slots as a urban disease. I am really surprised of the project, never thought Egypt will be considering sustainable development to prevail traffic jams.
Well, there shouldn't be a parking lots law at first place. At least, not the extend they give to the people in the surface. As you have offered, Egypt should force contractors to build underground garage and not on the surface. We don't have the capacity to afford surface lots.You're not really making the streets any bigger by replacing the parking slots with an extra cycling lane and extra pavement, you're rather violating your own laws, since each new building in Egypt by law must have enough parking lots, hence most new apartment buildings are having underground garage and sometimes extra green space too. (Since 2005-6?)