Envisaging Kampala

Here are some different ways to see and start to understand the basic problematique behind Kampala’s push to a sustainable and fair transport system.  those of you who live in Kampala of course know all of this by heart, but it is our hope that the Kampala project will attract international interest and that these people who do not know the city will find some useful background here.

But let us keep in sight that these are not only information for people from outside, but tools that will be valuable in the problem-solving process. (This page and info is in process. Come back later for more and better.)

* Google Earth view
Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program that we can put to good use in our program. Google Earth can also function as a “hub” of knowledge, pertaining to the city of Kampala and its environs. Displays available road networks. The colors and signs displayed vary depending on the type of roadway. See  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Earth and http://www.google.com/earth/index.html for more.

* Open Street Map view
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. The maps are created using data from portable GPS devices, aerial photography, other free sources or simply from local knowledge. Both rendered images and the vector graphics are available for download under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence. OpenStreetMap was inspired by sites such as Wikipedia;[citation needed] the map display features a prominent ‘Edit’ tab and a full revision history is maintained. Registered users can upload GPS track logs and edit the vector data using the given editing tools. This toolset can be put to work at low-cost and high-brains to support our project. For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap and http://www.openstreetmap.org/ should get your started.

* Street views
Welcome to a guided tour of the streets of Kampala in all of their great variety and conditions. If you have not visited recently this can serve as a sharp reminder of the background and circumstances with which policymakers and citizens have to do their best day after day. The photos take us from the poorest areas to the city’s rich and modern center, with uncompromising real life views of how people get around by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, car, bus, truck, Boda-Boda, taxi and other modes which form the accessibility array of the people of Kampala in their day-to-day lives. With apologies: I have not been sufficiently diligent to provide acknowledgments of sources for most of these photos. I regret this but I truly believe it is a good cause and let me, let us, here and now express our thanks to all of those whose sharp eye and working cameras permit us to take this tour and understand better the problems and the possibilities of sustainable transport in this great African city

* Video evidence and arguments:
The goal here is to present a selection of videos coming from different sources which altogether take not much more than half hour, but which in their totality will give anyone who has not been in Kampala recently a fair feel for the varieties of the traffic realities of the city. When viewed in conjunction with our collection of photographs, the Google Earth tool and the information which is available in the Open Street Maps display, this provides a pretty good introduction to the Streets of Kampala. It is however incomplete and should you have other videos which you think will help clarify the picture, they will be most welcome. In particular we would like to see more on cycling, positive and negative, and more on how children are getting to school each day.


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