Today the group took time to discuss in more detail about how we can apply our toolbox of creative methods to the real transport problems being tackled by some of the workshop participants. Individuals from the group put forward their ‘case study’ challenges and we rotated round to offer our thoughts on suitable creative methods with the case study ‘champions’. Some challenges were much more tricky to solve. One participant wanted ideas to help him tackle a major issue of conflict over space.
Imagine the scenario: a busy road at the peak, full of cars and matatu with a bike lane (but motorbikes hop on to the bike lane) and a rough pavement for pedestrians. However from one side the pedestrians are pressed by the bikes forced on to the pavement and on the other side the pedestrians are pressed by the hawkers selling goods laid out on the ground. Now the hawkers are illegal but many have few other choices for jobs, and there seems to be a demand for the goods they are selling. The city authorities may order them away from the area for a while but they soon return. The situation creates a huge transport safety issue but is underlined by complex cultural, social and economic issues. We managed to find some interesting creative methods to start to tackle the issue but couldn’t help ourselves from coming up with possible solutions to allow better sharing of space. I hope some of our ideas prove to be valuable.
Tomorrow, on our last day, I’m looking forward to hearing about the action plans that the other case study champions are staring to compile.