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The last 20 years have seen an acceleration of challenges and trends in cities.
Growing urban populations are resulting in an increasing demand for housing, mobility and services. Carbon emissions, urban sprawl and traffic congestion are on the rise in almost all major metropolitan areas.
Cities and decision makers must now face the results of 50 years of urban developments centred around car use and deal with the massive challenge of how to change past behaviours.
The question is: Will we allow our past to define our future?
Crucially, investments taking place today should still bring positive impacts in decades to come.
While some progress has been made, a stronger and more integrated approach towards land-use and transport planning is needed to ensure that city growth is based on walking, cycling and public transport. This is essential in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and moving towards more inclusive, liveable and economically competitive urban areas.
Our new Policy Brief, ‘Building successful cities: Strengthening the integration between land-use and mobility planning’, has everything any city leader, urban planner, transport operator and service provider could need to take action.
Co-written by UITP’s Transport and Urban Life Committee, UN-HABITAT and endorsed by UCLG, this jam-packed publication is spilling with knowledge, case studies and guidelines all amounting to 10 key strategic recommendations for healthy and sustainable cities.
We must all take urgent action to build back better. And how do we build successful and sustainable cities? Through an integrated and holistic approach to transport and land-use planning with people at the centre. Active mobility and public transport are key to ensure better quality of life in our cities, improving air quality locally and cutting transport emissions globally.
The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has shown how adaptable our societies are.
Although the economic crisis will have long lasting effects, governments must seize the opportunity to rebuild our cities based on the principles of sustainable urban mobility planning that will participate in a dynamic recovery, liveability and in the fight against climate change. Improving the liveability of our cities is the most important goal to reach.
Interested in discussing this topic and many others? Latin America Week 2021 is just around the corner! Part of UITP’s Digital World Tour, this fully digital event will be taking place 22-23 June with key international speakers and participants all keen to hear the latest insights and network with peers.
Here to keep the public transport sector connected and promote sharing, knowledge and innovation, the Digital World Tour is a series of digital and hybrid events taking place across the globe.