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“Zebras” in combat against urban chaos in La Paz

Patricia Alvarez

19/06/2017

Moving towards the city center, one discovers the “chaos” that reigns in the streets: vehicle congestion and traffic mayhem give rise to constant tension and turmoil among users of the public space. Pedestrians attempting to cross the street must face the rage of drivers who dominate the roads. Between walking (a risky endeavor in this hostile environment) and taking a minibus (which are constantly delayed by traffic), the choice proves difficult. But at the corner of an intersection one catches a glimpse of a white and black striped figure dancing, jumping...A zebra.

Thematics : Lifestyles, Policies

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Rethinking the sharing of urban traffic areas: the case of Ouagadougou

Léandre Guigma

22/05/2017

Most African cities are comprised of segregated, fragmented urban areas, with "unplanned” working-class neighborhoods alongside planned areas. This segregation is also apparent in the design of main urban roads, as designers tend to separate modes of travel (walking, cycling, two-wheeled vehicles, cars, etc.) and favor car use. In reality, however, main roads are used by all types of modes, regardless of the spaces dedicated to them. This modal mixing can also be observed on the lateritic dirt roads in neighborhoods where traffic, in fact, seems more fluid than on the city’s main thoroughfares.

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Matatus... is small-scale transportation becoming trendy?

Léa Wester

29/03/2017

Like in many African cities, Nairobi’s minibuses are an informal mode of collective transportation that emerged due to a lack of efficient public transportation. As in many other cities, the latter ultimately disappeared as a result of competition from this type of minibus, which offers residents travel options in the form of fragmented collective transport services. Economic crises and the liberalization of the sector underlie the emergence of this system.In this context, this informal system meets both mobility and employment needs.

Thematics : Lifestyles, Policies

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Presentation of our new section : "Southern diairies"

Javier Caletrío, Aniss Mouad Mezoued, Mobile Lives Forum

13/03/2017

“Southern Diaries” opens its doors! The section features articles on issues linked to mobility in Souths. Discover the section’s editorial line and the conditions of participation.

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