Ticket to the future- 3 stos to sustainable mobility, 2003,
The last 50 years have been characterised by an urban population explosion…
- today, over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban zones. By 2015, there will be over 500 cities with populations in excess of one million and 50 metropolitan areas with over 10 million inhabitants;
- the majority of this growth will take place in urban areas of the developing world, already home to nearly 80% of the world’s present population, and where high rates of congestion, road accidents and noise and air pollution affect the daily quality of life of many citizens. The 400 million additional urban dwellers expected in Africa and over twice as many in Asia by 2030 will put enormous pressure on the urban infrastructure of developing countries;
- the consequences of urban sprawl are: severing of social ties between neighbours, car dependency, longer journeys, and an increase in transport expenditure, traffic congestion and environmental damage.
Switch to a sustainable mobility schemes becomes fundamental to make our cities safer and healthier…
This means setting up forms of mobility that are:
Public transport contributes strongly in all these three areas as demonstrated by the following facts.
- economically feasible,
- environmentally sound, and
- socially just.