Very cool kickstarter project to create the first transit network map in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The buses in Dhaka are independently run, and it can be very difficult to navigate the network for newcomers and long time users alike. Urban Launchpad, the group working on this project, explains why a user friendly transit network is so important to the future of the city:
“Since the alternatives like public transport are often much worse, when a family has enough money, the first thing they do is buy a car. […] This trend of motorisation is already underway in many places that can least afford it (dense megacities of the developing world), bringing with it not just gridlock (see traffic in Bangkok and Jakarta) but also pollution and a city where cars get more preference than people.
In Dhaka, car ownership is at a low 1%, which means now is the critical time to shore up the alternatives and the 5 million plus ridership bus system (one of the largest in the world) is perhaps the best place to start.”