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Negotiating territory: strategies of informal transport operators to access public space in urban Africa and Latin America

Heinrichs, Dirk and Goletz, Mirko and Lenz, Barbara (2016) Negotiating territory: strategies of informal transport operators to access public space in urban Africa and Latin America. World Conference on Transport Research - WCTR 2016 Shanghai, 10-15. Juli 2016, Shanghai, China.

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Abstract

Informal transport receives increased attention to improve mobility conditions mainly in cities in the global south. This article explores strategies by which informal transport operators seek to gain and maintain access to urban space necessary for their operation and discusses the lessons for policy related to informal services. It focuses on two cases of urban informal transport: bicycle rickshaw drivers in Bogotá, Colombia and motorcycle taxis in N’Djamena, Tschad. The results show that the kind and type of public space as well as the individual and collective responses to secure access to this public space differ between the two cases. To some extent this is attributed to the role and presence of actors from the ‘local state’. Access to public space in Bogotá is the result of negotiation and ‘co-regulation’ by the associations of operators and government organizations, accompanied by a process of professionalization of informal operators. This is not the case in N’Djamena, where the use of public space is largely the result of self-regulation by the federations of motortaxi drivers.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/98947/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Negotiating territory: strategies of informal transport operators to access public space in urban Africa and Latin America
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Heinrichs, Dirkdirk.heinrichs (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Goletz, Mirkomirko.goletz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lenz, Barbarabarbara.lenz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2016
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Informal Transport; Mototaxi; bicycle rickshaw; Bogotá; N’Djamena; Public Space
Event Title:World Conference on Transport Research - WCTR 2016 Shanghai
Event Location:Shanghai, China
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:10-15. Juli 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Urbane Mobilität (old), V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Institute of Transport Research > Leitungsbereich VF
Deposited By: Huber, Linda
Deposited On:09 Nov 2015 09:10
Last Modified:11 Jan 2018 15:00

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