Potential for Livening Urban Areas in Developing Countries through Carfree Streets: Nairobi, Kenya


  • Anthony Murithi Njeru Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University, Matsudo City, 271-8510, Japan
  • Kinoshita Isami Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University, Matsudo City, 271-8510, Japan




It has been established that carfree streets in Central Business Districts (CBDs) are linked to more livable urban environments, but most studies on this topic have concentrated on developed countries. Based on data from 399 questionnaires and interviews with 6 key stakeholders, this study presents perceived safety, comfort, and connectivity of users across three street types: a typical car street, a one-way street, and a carfree street in Nairobi Kenya. Further, this study discusses the relationship between approaches of key decision makers such as the City Government and business owners against the priorities of day-to-day pedestrians.

eISSN: 2398-4287 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v3i8.1400


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How to Cite

Njeru, A. M., & Isami, K. (2018). Potential for Livening Urban Areas in Developing Countries through Carfree Streets: Nairobi, Kenya. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 3(8), 172-179. https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v3i8.1400



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