Tricycle as a Mode of Public Transportation in Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria
The study assessed the operational characteristics of tricycle, a growing mode of public transportation, in Ibadan. Both primary and secondary data were used for the study. Multi-stage sampling was adopted in selecting 147 tricycle registered operators from 10 loading points in the study area. Using a structured questionnaire, information on their socio-economic characteristics, mode of operations, trip characteristics as well as the challenges faced by the operators were collected. In-Depth Interviews were directed to the executives of the Three Wheelers’ Association of Oyo State focusing on issues relating to registration of tricycles, dues and levies. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Findings indicated that all the operators were male, 73.4% had no more than secondary education and 72.8% earned below N4,000 1 daily. Unemployment was the main reason why 55.5% of them went into the business. Only 35.4% of the operators had valid license. Extortion from traffic agents (38.6%) was the most important challenge faced by the tricycles. In this regard, appropriate sanctions should be recommended for enabling environment for
tricycle operations. The study suggested incorporation of their activities into urban transportation planning in Nigeria.
© Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria 2016