MAC Research Forum

Welcome and join us December 7, for knowledge exchange and discussions on:

Walking and biking in sub-Saharan Africa: assessing infrastructure quality and potentials for mitigating mobility exclusion


Today there is increased interest among researchers and policymakers to understand more about the potential for strengthening conditions for walking or biking in sub-Saharan cities. Yet there is currently a lack of comprehensive data on users’ needs and experiences, particularly in marginalized urban areas. Similarly, little is known about how to assess the quality of walking and cycling infrastructures in ways that reflect users’ perspectives. This Research Forum will address these issues by discussing new empirical work and analytical frameworks that increase our understanding of the needs of ”captive walkers and cyclists” in secondary cities.

DATE:       Wednesday 7 December 2022
TIME:       12:00 – 13:30 GMT 


Questions will include:

  • What qualitative and quantitative tools can be used to robustly access the quality of walking and cycling infrastructures?
  • What are some of the factors behind low bicycle use among diverse groups in SSA cities (particularly low-income women and girls), and what tools can be developed to understand these users’ transportation choices? 


Welcome and introduction: Henrik Nolmark, Director VREF
Moderator: Winnie Mitullah, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Rapporteur: Mary Mwangi, University of Nairobi, Kenya


“A Comparative Assessment of the Quality of Walking and Cycling Infrastructure in Nakuru (Kenya) and Jinja (Uganda)” 
 Gladys Nyachieo, Multimedia University of Kenya
Discussant: Razack Karriem, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

“Characterizing User Needs and Practices in Secondary Cities: insights into the role of bicycles in mitigating mobility exclusion in Malawi and Kenya”
Winnie Sambu, University of Cape Town, South Africa and World Bicycle Relief
Discussant: Calvine Kayi, Kenyatta University, Kenya


In 2021, the “Mobility and Access in African Cities” (MAC) programme launched a series of virtual seminars or “webinars” (which are called Research Forum) on issues related to sustainable urban mobility and equitable access in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) cities. This series is being continued in 2022. 

The purpose of the Research Forum is: 

  • to stimulate scientific discussion of specific issues/themes related to sustainable urban mobility and equitable access in SSA; 
  • to provide an opportunity for scholars to present and discuss their on-going work with research colleagues within the MAC community; 
  • to provide a meeting place for dialogue and exchange among researchers and other stakeholders within the MAC community. 

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