Rethinking Mobility and Fixity in Developing Cities: a Case of South Africa

Moyo, Thembani and Musakwa, Walter and Gumbo, Trynos (2020) Rethinking Mobility and Fixity in Developing Cities: a Case of South Africa. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 715-720. ISSN 2521-3938

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Cities in the developing world are spaces of mobility and fixity. Globally access to mobility is oftengoverned by social and economic constraints. Post 1994, South Africa metropolitan cities have seen numerous policies and legislative frameworks being developed to enhance urban mobility. Traditionally movement patterns in such developing cities is controlled by various transit services such as the level of accessibility, travel-time and number of alternative travel options. However in situations whereby there is no correlation between legislative instruments and daily operations of public transport systems. The objective of this paper was hence to access the rhythm of how commuters traverse in contemporary African cities. Using an explorative approach cognitive and spatial data was collected to develop a heat map to visualise variations of accessibility with the city. Preliminary finding reveal transportation hubs and areas of economic activities such as Park Station, Sandton and Rosebank have the highest levels of accessibility. Using the findings from the paper, city authorities can visualise movement patterns in the city and also forecast locations to improve transportation infrastructure.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban mobility, Movement patterns, Cognitive data, Spatial data, South Africa
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 17:57
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 17:57

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