Getting to those hard-to-reach places

On a recent visit to Lusaka I got in touch with a friend from Mongu who was staying with her family members. My primary goal was to visit my friend, although a close secondary goal was to have an excuse to travel to a part of Lusaka that I do not know well. I was…

Bendy buses in Lusaka!

A good friend/eagle-eyed snap photographer recently spotted a pair of articulated buses in a filling station near Kenneth Kaunda Airport. His description expresses my thoughts better than I can do myself: “Someone is either about to turn the Lusaka transit world on it’s head, or is starting a collection of old articulated busses.”

Riding in the “wild West”

Readers of this blog will notice the large gap between my last post and this one. Primary explanation: I have relocated from Lusaka to Mongu, the main town in Zambia’s Western Province. With the relocation I have been busier, have had less internet time, and have been without Lusaka public transport stimulation. On the flip…

What is the right amount of detail?

In developing this map it is certainly tempting to try and communicate all of the information that was hard-won through multiple rides on minibuses and shared taxis. Some might be interested in this information (and the far more comfortable process of acquiring it), but adding this information makes the map more complicated and requires more…

And we have a map!!!

After about one month of preparation I have amassed sufficient information to create a basic route map of Lusaka’s public transport network. In this post I will describe some of the key elements of the map and identify the ways I see the map being useful to riders. Information sources The city-wide perspective granted by…

Surprise!

Sometimes life brings surprises. Two such surprises came to me last week when conducting a Google search to see if this blog would be in the top ten results (using the search term = “Lusaka public transport”). Well, unfortunately this blog has not yet seen enough traffic to capture Google’s attention. Conversely, the search did…

Nuts and Bolts

I have begun to map the routes that I know well using GoogleMaps and OpenStreetMap. Although it is fun to see the early products (amid a steep learning curve!), I am not yet ready to link them for a wide audience. If you would like a sneak preview, please communicate with me using the “reply”…