Some commuters within the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra have applauded an exercise by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to improve pedestrian mobility and ease traffic flow in the city.
According to these commuters the hustle of competing for space with traders and hawkers to their various destinations have reduced as most of the pedestrian walkways within the CBD have been rid of traders .
Madam Christiana Tetteh in an interview said, “the exercise has helped a lot because previously the entire place was taken over by these traders and you can't even have space to move but now you can move freely without any interference."
She urged the AMA to enforce its bye-laws to compel citizens to be discipline and responsible.
Mr. Festus Bekoe-Richland, another pedestrian who spoke on the issue indicated that the exercise has helped create space for the pedestrians which would help reduce the risk of road accidents involving pedestrians.
He further mentioned that, the level of littering within the CBD would reduce if the exercise is sustained.
The exercise was applauded by many as a feather in the assembly’s cap who deem it a necessary step to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa as envisaged by President Akufo-Addo.
AMA began the exercise to rid hawkers and traders off pedestrian walkways in the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra soon after the Christmas festivities to ensure the free flow of vehicular and human traffic as well as improve sanitary conditions in the metropolis.
The exercise which started from Kinbu Street through the Kojo Thompson Road to the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue and Makola Market, saw the removal of wooden structures mounted by traders as well as goods.
Prior to the exercise , the Assembly served notice through its information vans informing traders and hawkers that their activities were against the AMA hawkers bye-law of 2011, and section 117(1) of the road traffic regulations, 2012(L.I.2180).
The exercise also ensured that traders along demarcated lines adhere to rules of engagement set by the Assembly.