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Title:Rural household travel characteristics: the case of Kakamega District
Author:Khayesi, MeleckidzedeckISNI
Year:1993
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development (ISSN 0251-0405)
Volume:23
Pages:88-105
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:transport
rural households
rural development
Kakamega District (Kenya)
Modes of transport
Rural transportation
Abstract:In this study, an attempt is made to establish the underlying causes of the observed travel characteristics of members of rural households in Kakamega District, Kenya. Data were collected using an interview schedule from 240 households in the months of January to March 1990. The results of the study indicate that members of rural households daily make a variety of trips, the purposes of which are varied: school, farm, work, domestic, religious and administrative. Domestic and farm trips dominate. The majority of the trips are short-distance, undertaken on foot and over lower classes of roads. These travel characteristics are explained in terms of the nature of the rural economy which is focussed on agriculture and small-scale industrial-commercial activities, the social setup in terms of family ties, friendships and social obligations, and the location of trip generating and attracting activities. Bibliogr., sum.
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