2015-06-30

Mobility and Access in Africa: Release of the very first public opinion poll on transportation in Nairobi June 17, 2015.

The Center for Sustainable Urban Development located at Columbia University, New York City, in collaboration with the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations and the polling firm Ipsos Ltd, released in June 17, 2015, the very first public opinion poll on transportation in Nairobi.

The poll revealed that safety in public transportation and on the roads is a key issue for Nairobi citizens and that a wide majority supports lower speed limits especially near schools. Further, over 30 % had claimed to have lost a job or business opportunity because of transportation problems. The poll also showed that a third of car owners would try cycling to get around the city if special lanes for bikes existed.

According to Jacqueline Klopp, Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University, it seems that so far few countries in Africa has a similar poll: for example South Africa whose poll is done annually countrywide. "I think we have established that while not perfect, the opinion poll is a very useful and cost-effective way to get information about what the broader public is thinking on transportation.", Jacqueline says, also mentioning the clear interest of the Ministry of Transportation of Kenya for this source of information.

More analysis and the results can be found at Nairobi Planning Innovations. Moreover, a paper written by Jacqueline Klopp and a Kenyan colleague will soon be released.


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Jacqueline Klopp is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University in the city of New York. A political scientist by training, her research focuses on urban land-use, transportation, planning and policy in Africa, particularly in Kenya. She is a founding member of the DigitalMatatus consortium which has produced the first open transit data and public transit map for Nairobi's "matatu" transit system and runs the blog nairobiplanninginnovations.com. She is also a founding member of CairofromBelow. Klopp received her B.A. from Harvard University in Physics and her Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University.


South Africa poll:

http://www.jtscm.co.za/index.php/jtscm/article/view/96


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