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Title:Analysis of the pattern of the road network in Kakamega District, Kenya
Author:Khayesi, MeleckidzedeckISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development (ISSN 0251-0405)
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
road networks
Kakamega District (Kenya)
Abstract:Using data from a 1988/1989 road map of Kakamega District, Kenya, and other unpublished works, the author examines the spatial pattern of the road network in the district, assesses its density, accessibility and connectivity, and elucidates factors underlying its present pattern. The analysis indicates that the road network in Kakamega District is unevenly distributed. The southern and central parts of the district have more roads than the northern parts. Both road length and density vary markedly from division to division. In general, Kakamega District has high road density and accessibility when compared to several other districts in Kenya. The road network is fairly connected as indicated by graph-theoretic measures. The present network pattern is the result of a number of interrelated factors, namely the physical environment, population distribution, size of a division, and socioeconomic activities. Policy implications conclude the study. Bibliogr., sum.