Chapter

City on the Move: A Complementary Informality?

David Sims

in Understanding Cairo

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164040
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774164040.003.0009
City on the Move: A Complementary Informality?

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This chapter examines the dynamics of the transportation sector in Cairo, Egypt. It mentions criticisms of the Ministry of Interior's approach to traffic management and enforcement and the poor designs of elevated highways, on-ramps, lanes, curbing, and traffic intersections. Despite all these, the city's traffic does move, and its transport systems do function, however chaotically. The average speed of traffic movement in Greater Cairo is currently estimated to be 15.8 kilometers per hour, which is higher compared to those in Mexico City, Mexico, and Bangkok, Thailand. This may be attributed to the fact that more than three-fourths of Cairo's population live within 15 kilometers of the center of Cairo and 36 percent of all journeys in the city involve walking.

Keywords: transportation; Cairo; Egypt; traffic management; highways; traffic intersections; traffic movement

Chapter.  7504 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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