Sam Stewart Mutabazi – Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative (URSSI) Uganda
Roads are an integral part of the transport system. A country’s road network should be efficient in order to maximize economic and social benefits. They play a significant role in achieving national development and contributing to the overall performance and social functioning of the community. It is acknowledged that roads enhance mobility, taking people out of isolation and therefore poverty. This paper looks at development trends Uganda’s cities and towns are taking in recent times. It forecasts on the likely futuristic tendencies and explores the possibilities that need to be harnessed and embraced to turn urban areas into modern cosmopolitan areas. It looks at the historical perspective but also borrows experiences from relevant literature from published works about urban mobility and transport planning. It enumerates the challenges faced by Uganda’s towns and cities which are closely linked to lack of urban mobility planning and draws learning experiences from well known examples of cities both in developed countries and in Africa that have been transformed to embrace modern urban transport planning strategies.