Fair payment

Having been away from Lusaka for a few years, I was able to experience at least one aspect of bus riding like a newbie: the gradual process of learning the fares. Fares in Lusaka are complicated. In principle, it is a modified fare-by-distance model, with a high base price for short trips that rises in…

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…

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”…

Starting off…

Life in Lusaka can be terribly isolating. For this we can blame a lack of decent transportation options. OK, maybe the reason is not transportation options in isolation: the urban form and safety concerns make living a walkable lifestyle essentially unfeasible, if not simply undesirable, for most of the people who would be reading this…