Urban transport systems worldwide are faced by a multitude of
challenges. Among the most visible of these are the traffic
gridlocks experienced on city roads and highways all over the
world. The prescribed solution to transport problems in most cities
has thus been to build more infrastructures for cars, with a
limited number of cities improving public transport systems in a
sustainable manner. However, a number of challenges faced by urban
transport systems such as greenhouse gas emissions, noise and air
pollution and road traffic accidents do not necessarily get solved
by the construction of new infrastructure."
Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility "argues that
the development of sustainable urban transport systems requires a
conceptual leap. The purpose of transportation and mobility is to
gain access to destinations, activities, services and goods. Thus,
access is the ultimate objective of transportation. As a result,
urban planning and design should focus on how to bring people and
places together, by creating cities that focus on accessibility,
rather than simply increasing the length of urban transport
infrastructure or increasing the movement of people or goods. Urban
form and the functionality of the city are therefore a major focus
of this report, which highlights the importance of integrated
land-use and transport planning.
This new report of the United Nations Human Settlements
Programme (UN-Habitat), the world s leading authority on urban
issues, provides some thought-provoking insights and policy
recommendations on how to plan and design sustainable urban
mobility systems. The "Global Report on Human Settlements" is the
most authoritative and up-to-date global assessment of human
settlements conditions and trends. Preceding issues of the report
have addressed such topics as "Cities in a Globalizing World," "The
Challenge of Slums," "Financing Urban Shelter," "Enhancing Urban
Safety and Security," "Planning Sustainable Cities" and "Cities and
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