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Title:Development of Data Base and Analysis of Travel Characteristics in Kisumu: A Case Study of a Secondary City in East Africa
Author:Mbeche, O.O.
Periodical:Eastern and Southern Africa Geographical Journal
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:East Africa
urban households
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
Transport infrastructure
Transport statistics
Kisumu (Kenya)
Abstract:In order to obtain factual information on transportation needs in Kisumu town, a secondary urban centre in western Kenya, a household interview survey was conducted in 1982, with a follow-up in 1991. This paper summarizes the results of the survey and presents a picture of the travel habits and mobility needs of Kisumu residents. The first section details characteristics of the population such as age distribution, age mix of household members, household size and income, occupational status of residents, and car ownership. The second section considers travel characteristics, notably the reasons for making a trip, the means of transportation used, the average number of daily trips per household, and the effect of ethnicity, income and car ownership on trip making. It was found that approximately 70 percent of Kisumu households are pedestrians and do not own or have access to the use of a car. Car, matatu (minibus), taxi and country bus are used more by high income groups. The Central Business District attracts the largest number of trips for all occupational groups and income levels. Most trips made into town are for work, school, business, shopping, and recreation, in that order. Immobility is found to be related primarily to household income, size, car ownership, age, and to some extent sex. Lower income groups are almost twice as immobile on average as higher income groups, and as household size increases, trip making diminishes drastically. Bibliogr., sum.