Introduction [Low carbon mobility for future cities: principles and applications]
This volume examines the state of urban transport and explores the linkages and interactions between urban form, infrastructure, technology and human elements. It also presents the policy instruments that can be used to promote low carbon mobility and accessibility in our cities, with a view to determining the essential conditions for promoting sustainable transport in urban settings. The chapters that comprise this book are principally the product of the intellectual efforts of the contributing authors who have dedicated their careers to researching the complex systems of urban mobility. The authors provide detailed analyses and compelling arguments to support this notion: for our cities to thrive; we must quickly begin to rearrange the priorities and incentives that guide the way we plan and design the built environment. Providing access to jobs, places and services using safe and efficient transport and mobility systems plays a major role in determining how that occurs, and how successful it will be. The actions we take today will affect the liveability of our cities in the future. The authors fully appreciate the importance and urgent need for a paradigm shift to transform how we provide mobility in our cities. In their contributions, they share with the reader much valuable knowledge and insights about how we might get urban transport to correctly align with the challenges of providing the necessary access to our increasingly urbanised planet. This introductory chapter provides a framework for the remainder of the book. It also describes the contents of each chapter and draws linkages to assist the reader in navigating the volume.