Urban mobility: challenges and opportunities

Urban mobility: challenges and opportunities

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This chapter describes the major transport challenges facing our cities. This includes rising urban populations, road crashes and injuries, congestion, environmental emissions, ageing transport infrastructure and limited budgets to maintain and upgrade the urban infrastructure necessary for resilient modern transport systems. The chapter also describes how the traditional approaches to meeting the demand for travel, for example building additional road capacity, have met with limited success. Finally, the chapter introduces the elements of a framework for low carbon mobility which includes strategies for promoting integrated transport planning, public and active transport and the role of digital innovations and disruptive technologies in improving connectivity and efficiency of services.

Chapter Contents:

  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 Rapid urbanisation
  • 2.2.1 Increasing number of mega-cities
  • 2.2.2 Urban growth expected to concentrate in small-and medium-sized cities
  • 2.2.3 Impacts of urban growth and wealth on mobility and transport infrastructure
  • 2.2.4 Futrure directions to successful sustainable urbanisation
  • 2.3 Road crashes and injuries
  • 2.4 Traffic congestion
  • 2.4.1 The ten most congested cities (2015)
  • 2.4.2 Cost of congestion
  • 2.5 Emissions
  • 2.5.1 Australia
  • 2.5.2 India and China
  • 2.6 Ageing assets and the infrastructure investment gap
  • 2.7 Resilient infrastructure
  • 2.8 Limitations of traditional approach - 'predict and provide'
  • 2.9 The opportunities
  • 2.9.1 Low carbon mobility
  • 2.9.2 Planning for sustainable transport solutions
  • 2.9.3 Conventional approaches versus sustainable mobility solutions
  • 2.10 Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading

Inspec keywords: road safety; road traffic control; public transport

Other keywords: service connectivity improvement; urban infrastructure; active transport; integrated transport planning; public transport; urban mobility; digital innovations; service efficiency improvement; disruptive technologies; road capacity; low-carbon mobility

Subjects: Systems theory applications in transportation; Systems theory applications in natural resources and ecology

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