An investigation of challenges in the existing pattern of intra-city traffic in Enugu metropolis

  • Ifeanyi F. Echendu Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu State
  • Francis Okeke Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu State https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1948-4485
  • Rosemary C. Nnaemeka-Okeke Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu State https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7191-6409
Keywords: Transportation, Enugu metropolis, Intra-city traffic, Congestion

Abstract

Cities all over the world are characterized by a set of activities, which account for the concentration of people in them, achievable by means of transportation. However, this integral aspect of urban infrastructure face great challenge in most urban areas. This research examines the challenges in the existing pattern of intra-city traffic in Enugu metropolis. Six neighbourhood make up the study population drawn from three high, two medium and one low residential densities neighbourhoods based on stratified and simple random sampling technique. Data collection instrument were questionnaires administered to 400 respondents. The result of the study indicates that major travel mode within Enugu metropolis is mini buses and tricycles while commuters undergo stress during their trips regardless of the good condition of roads within the metropolis. Furthermore, it highlights traffic congestion during peak period and narrowness of most roads within the metropolis as the main challenge to existing pattern of intra-city traffic. It concludes and recommend for the re-introduction of Non-motorized transport mode of walking and cycling complemented by the Coal city public transit shuttles that once existed. It also advocates for policies that ensure decentralization of activity to reduce congestion and the need for daily travel.

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Author Biographies

Ifeanyi F. Echendu, Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu State

Is the best graduating student 2013, Department of architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. He secured a position as graduate assistant in the same department in 2016 and has since then climbed to the position of lecture II. He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in the field of architecture and also a second masters in urban and regional planning.

Francis Okeke, Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu State

Is a lecturer in the Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Architecture with First Class Honours and a Master of Science (MSc) in Architecture with a Distinction both from the University of Nigeria. He has been in the field of practice for over 7 years. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Sustainable Architecture and the built environment (DMU Leicester, UK) and has published many journal articles in his Area of specialization. He enjoys travelling and watching documentary as hobbies.

Rosemary C. Nnaemeka-Okeke, Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu State

Is a lecturer in the Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Architecture from the same university in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Ph.D. candidate in Architecture (University of Nigeria Enugu Campus). Her Area of specialization includes building services and sustainable architecture which she has written some publications. Member, Nigerian Institute of Architects and have been in the field of practice for over 13 years.

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Published
2020-08-31
How to Cite
Echendu, I. F., Okeke, F., & Nnaemeka-Okeke, R. (2020). An investigation of challenges in the existing pattern of intra-city traffic in Enugu metropolis. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 13(2), 191-208. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/6797