How we travel, analysis with QGIS

QGIS analysis

This month we allow International Womens Day to inspire our mapping activities.
Urban planning is dominated by male perspectives, even though cities are experienced differently by women than by men. In 1999 Vienna noticed that men and women are using the cities transportation differently, “The majority of men reported using either a car or public transit twice a day -- to go to work in the morning and come home at night. Women, on the other hand, used the city’s network of sidewalks, bus routes, subway lines and streetcars more frequently and for a myriad reasons.”.

This mapping day we want to recreate this study in Kampala.
Here is how it works:

  1. For 3 days this week you will keep a log of where you travel, which day, which time and how (boda, taxi, walking, etc.).
  2. On the 8th of March we get together and make a map of this information using OSM layers and creating our own line layers in QGIS.
  3. Together we will look for interesting patterns.

This day can only be a success if we have a balance of male and female data, with your friends, parents, or work mates; keep track of their travels between the 1st and 8th of March because the more diversity in the information the better the results! Do you want to keep track of at least 3 days in your week, but can't make it on March 8th? Send your spreadsheet to

Spreadsheet guidelines:
Fill out the spreadsheet carefully, uniformly, and completely. This is the cornerstone of our analysis if it is done poorly it will be difficult to make any conclusions.

  • Gender should be M or F
  • Date should be date/month/year
  • Time on a 24 hour scale (9:00 pm is 21:00)
  • Town should be spelled as on OpenStreetMap and capitalized
  • Route should be able to tell you which way you traveled to your destination