Sustainable Urban Mobility and Public Transport in UNECE Capitals

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The inclusion of the explicit reference to urban transport in the SDG 11 is further confirmation that transport is an essential component of the overall sustainable development. It is crucial to eradicating poverty and economic growth (access to markets and jobs), improving education (access to schools), protecting child and maternal health (access to medical services), and enhancing environmental sustainability and traffic safety. The Inland Transport Committee (ITC), as the unique inland transport intergovernmental body, through this publication “Sustainable Urban Mobility and Public Transport”, wishes to contributes to the global debate and facilitate consensus on the important role of the sector in sustainable urban mobility and transport development in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The results of this study presents, analyses and benchmarks the public transport networks and mobility services of thirty six UNECE Capitals. Concrete recommendations towards the development of sustainable public transport and urban mobility networks are provided considering that all public transport modes are efficiently interconnected and that cycling and walking are integral parts of such networks as well.



Sustainable urban mobility and public transport development

“A developed country is not a place where the poor people have cars but it is where the rich people use public transport” (Mayor of Bogota). Development of sustainable urban mobility and public transport networks leads by all means to radical improvement of citizens’ quality of life. It improves access to markets and job opportunities, to education, to health care services, to leisure, to the things citizens need in everyday life. Citizens that use public transport walk more. Walking increases fitness levels, leading to healthier citizens and less strain on the health care systems. Quality of life is also affected by commuting times. In several cities commuters often travel more than an hour to and from work. This is time lost in their life.


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