Measuring pedestrian accessibility and the quality of walking in an African city

<fonte: researcher Paulo Rui Anciaes won the prize for the best paper presented at the 16th CODATU Conference in Istanbul, which ran from 2nd to 5th February 2015.  The CODATU (Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World) biennial meeting is the major international conference focusing on urban transport policy in developing countries.  The paper, titled ‘Measuring pedestrian accessibility and the quality of walking in an African city: Praia, Cape Verde’, is the result of collaboration with colleagues from the University of Cape Verde, Dr Judite Nascimento and Dr Salif Silva. The work looked at walking conditions in the context of a post-colonial, semi-arid, fast-growing city in a middle-income country (Cape Verde), looking at aspects such as gaps in the urban fabric, differences between formal and informal space, the encroachment of roads and traffic on pedestrian space, personal safety, and landslide and flooding risks.  It is hoped that the information produced in this project feeds into local transport policy, and at the same time, draw attention for the role of improvements in the walking environment as a means for addressing social exclusion and economic inequalities in cities in developing countries.

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