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Urban Accessibility Hub – Partner activity update, by the Hub Coordinator

By on December 22, 2015

The Urban Accessibility Hub serves to document, analyze and test effective practices in urban accessibility worldwide, paying special attention to urban sustainable transport measures, which were successful in improving accessibility for urban dwellers, particularly among the urban poor. The Hub will create evidence based on practical knowledge developed within universities and academics as well as stakeholders and communities for a paradigm shift in urban planning, encouraging mixed-land use and sustainable transport (cycling and transit) use.

According to the activities proposed for the short-term plan of the Urban Accessibility Hub, I have been talking with some of our partners about the projects and research activities they’ve been developing inside their institutions. Find below a brief summary of this.

/ Carlos A. Moreno, Universidad Piloto de Colombia – Urban Accessibility Hub Coordinator


Inah Okon, University of Calabar in Nigeria

Lecturer at University of Calabar in Nigeria. Master’s Degree, Geo Information in Urban Planning and Management from ITC.

He has done work on advance research in cycling promotion in Nigeria and Colombia. They have been working on a perception study about the willingness of use of bicycle; safety construction of lanes, trails to encourage cycling. Work also on how to bring government to your side, subsequent construction or racks as complement. Some of the constraint they found is the weather.

They are also working on the Level of Service (LOS) of cycling to work in Nigeria. Different scenarios for walking to schools and cycling accessibility the same as they did in India and ITC.


Juciano Martins Rodrigues, Universidade Federale do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Profesor at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Economist with a Masters in Populations Studies and Social Research from the Escola Nacional de Ciencias Estadisticas and a PhD in Urbanism from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Some of the main subjects they’ve been working in are:

  • Social organization of the territory (includes segregation subject) and urban mobility. In Rio de Janeiro. Working on the social relation of the territory where urban mobility has to do with the segregation, especially with time travel. The idea is to develop a research of the 15 metropolis having the same hypothesis for each one.
  • Individual motorization. Work on the evolution of individual motorization in Rio de Janeiro in order to start working on the cars’ social.
  • Cycling in popular neighborhoods. A small survey through questionnaires in two localities of Rio’s West zone, area where most of transport infrastructure investments are taking place due to the Olympic Games (OG). The research aims at looking in this area, the importance of cycling in daily commuting.
  • Social organization of the territory (segreagtion issue) and urban mobility (its relations).
  • Accidents caused by and in the BRT system. Georeference on a map


Kiggundu Amin Tamale. Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Professor at Makerere University at Dept. of architecture and physical planning, he is a Ugandan urban expert with a PhD in urban transport planning from University of Malaya, Malaysia. Kiggundu is currently teaching at both undergraduate and graduate degree levels at the department of Architecture and Physical Planning, School of Built Environment, College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology, Makerere University. He also serves as an associate consultant in urban planning at Uganda Management Institute (UMI). Kiggundu has participated in implementing various research programmes including the Test Network project which was funded by the European Union (EU). Test stands for Transport Environment Science and Technology.

The Test Network project was implemented in five Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) countries (Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique) in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) based at York University in the United Kingdom (UK). The project focused on addressing three transportation challenges: air pollution: road safety and traffic flow management. Kiggundu has also served as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Transportation, published by the Arizona State University in the United States of America. His research interests and areas of academic expert include: urban planning, urban governance, urban sustainability, land use and transportation planning, urban transport planning and management, public transport systems, sustainable development, project planning


Talat Munshi. CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Engineer-planner, bachelors in Construction Technology from CEPT University-in India, Masters in Urban Planning from CEPT University, MSc. in Urban Infrastructure Management from ITC-in the Netherlands and PhD from University of Twente –in the Netherlands. He presently work as Associate Professor and also coordinator of the Master in Urban and Regional Planning program at the Faculty of Planning, CEPT University.

He is actually coordinating a couple of grant research studies funded by Shakti Foundation (Regional Climate Foundation of ClimateWorks):

  • Study is about how accessibility maps can be used as a participatory tool to prepare local area plans in India.
  • Review of land use policy and plan-making in five case cities in India (Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi and Ahmedabad.
  • Leading an academic co-operation project from CEPT funded by ERASMUS mundus, the project led by Institute for Housing Studies in the Netherlands is titled “SUSTAIN”. As part of this academic co-operation, teaching modules (mainly e-modules) are being developed on topic related to Sustainable Urban Development with close academic co-operation between universities from Europe and Asia.


Mark Zuidgeest. Cape Town University, South Africa

Mark Zuidgeest is Associate Professor of Transport Planning and Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment’s Centre for Transport Studies at Cape Town University. His research interest is on multi-modal transport systems, cycling-inclusive urban planning, accessibility analysis, transport-related social exclusion, low-carbon transport, dynamic land-use and transport modelling, transport impact assessment and Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS) for transport. In UCT Mark will convene courses in the field of transport planning and engineering, transport modelling and public transport planning, design and operations, possibly sustainable transport, transport geography and traffic engineering.


Mark Brussel, ITC University of Twente, The Netherlands

Mark Brussel is a Senior Lecturer at the Urban Infrastructure Planning and Management Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geoinformation Management at ITC. Lecturer and researcher at ITC’s Masters programs. He is a Civil Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the planning, engineering and construction of urban infrastructure (water, sanitation, roads, drainage, waste) predominantly in developing countries. In the last 12 years he has specialised in the application of Geographic Information Science in urban infrastructure systems. He has developed specific expertise on spatial analytical methods to deal with questions of equitable and sustainable infrastructure provision in urban areas. Some ongoing research activities:

  • The Climate value of Cycling. In this research a model is applied that quantifies avoided CO2 emissions due to cycling, and seeks to derive lessons for bicycle infrastructure and policy. Applied in the Netherlands and various cities around the world.
  • Multimodal network models in GIS and related accessibility models. In Colombia and India multimodal integration is modelled to evaluate system performance and assess impacts of system improvements.
  • Coupled GIS-based Flooding and Evacuation modelling of Dutch Dike ring areas.
  • Spatial Multi Criteria Assessment (SMCA). Use of Spatial Multi Criteria Assessment (SMCA) techniques for location-allocation modelling applied to Bicycle Network Design (Brazil), Transit Oriented Development (City Region Arnhem Nijmegen), Public Bicycle Stations (China)