Meeting of the Minds Webinar: Shared mobility in Africa's rapidly growing cities

This session of Meeting of the Minds webinar will be presented by Herrie Schalekamp, ACET Research Officer at the Centre for Transport Studies of the University of Cape Town, on Wednesday March 25, from 10.00 to 11.00 am PDT.

Legions of motorcycles, sedans, vans and buses provide public mobility across urban Africa. These for-hire and collective operations fill a spectrum between growing private car fleets and scheduled mass transport, and often substitute for the latter. Digital mobile technologies have made major inroads into how for-hire services are hailed and paid for on the continent. In relation to collective services, many cities have ambitions to install bus rapid transit to displace small and minibus-based transport businesses. Against this background, in 2019, the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations commissioned a strategic position paper to review current conditions and emergent trends in practice and research on shared transport in African cities.

This webinar will serve as an early release of these findings.

Dr. Herrie Schalekamp is a research-led practitioner and member of the academic staff at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Transport Studies. His work centres on public and shared transport reform in African cities, with a core focus on how the minibus operations that provide mass transport in these cities can respond more effectively to urban mobility needs. His related pursuits include the governance, politics and scholarship of urban mobility in Africa, and the potential of new technologies to shift urban mobility on this continent away from fossil fuel dependence.


Event: Meeting of the Minds Webinar: Shared Mobility in Africa's rapidly growing cities

When: Wednesday March 25 from 10.00 to 11.00am PDT

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