This is the first time for ‘Bodaboda’ riders to have such a buffer zone in Africa’s big cities like Arusha—the Geneva of Africa.
The initiative is meant to reduce road accidents for pedestrians and motorcyclists.
The buffer zones are placed in areas that are notorious for traffic accidents that mostly involve motorcyclists and road junctions that are used by 'Bodaboda' riders and pedestrians in the safari capital of Arusha. Those areas with the buffer zones include junctions of Philips, Sanawari, Sakina, Mbauda, Mianzini, and Nairobi Road.
Launching the buffer zones, Home Affairs minister George Simbachawene said: "We are pleased to be the first African country to launch a special road marked for Bodaboda riders. This is a great sign that Tanzania is committed to improving road safety for all and ensuring our roads are modern. The government as a whole and the Ministry of Home Affairs are proud to co-operate with TBL and we will continue to support efforts to improve road safety in Tanzania and ensure all users use safe roads. ”
TANROADS highway and urban road manager, Christina Kayoza said: “TANROADS believes that the establishment of buffer zones will be as successful as the one in São Paulo, Brazil, where between 2013 and 2015 approximately 350 buffer zones were established in the city, 54 of which, when monitored and reported, they have been able to reduce the number of accidents and injuries from motorcycle accidents.”
Road accident-controlled areas will be located at intersections and driveways, to ensure safety for motorcyclists and pedestrians. Basically, these areas will be developed by separating the area of cars and motorcycles as soon as they are allowed to pass through traffic lights.
TBL managing director Jose Moran said: “We will also work with TANROADS to find a partnership between education and engineering agents to help road safety officers guide Bodaboda riders, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians on how to use those buffer zones for their own safety.
"Given that the use of this system is new, we understand that road users cannot understand how to use these areas without instructions. In that sense, it is recommended that the use of these areas be done collaboratively with concerted efforts," added Moran.
The launch of the buffer zone is the continuation of TBL's effort to improve road safety in Tanzania as last week the brewing company in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) launched a road safety app in Dar es Salaam.
The Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit Mobile App is developed by UNITAR for use by Tanzania’s Traffic Police. The launch of the app is part of UNITAR’s Road Safety Global Training (SDG) initiative which is aligned with the Global Plan of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, which supports countries to achieve the Global Road Safety performance targets and aims to contribute to the advancement of SDG targets for health and well-being, sustainable cities and communities and global partnerships for sustainable development.