Sherry’s discussion on analysing the transport needs of the future, plays a key role in cities today. She looks at greenspace, intermobility and a range of transportation to take people to the city. Alongside, having an attractive environment that is well-connected, providing availability and affordability to everyone creates a solution to modern cities problems. I will explore and analyse her points on city infrastructure and the government’s role. As well as, integrate a case study to demonstrate any effective, efficient and viable solutions that we have today.
Expanding on Sherry’s key point, the poor travel experience of London’s overcrowded traffic. As London is the world’s financial centre with a large population and a housing density of around 100 dwellings per hectare; it has made some headway with citizens heavily relying on the underground and bus system, reducing car numbers, whilst currently providing cycle routes to the city’s busiest areas.
London traffic (1)
It has been confirmed that London’s cycle network is going to increase by 2022 with 20% more routes from residential to employment zones (Transport for London, 2017). Hopefully, creating opportunities for people to cycle and become less dependent on cars.
Timothy Beatley explains how, in order to reduce car dependency, the Copenhagen Government implemented an infrastructure and key facilities near residential developments (Beatley T, 2011); whilst subsidising the travel cost, making it inclusive for all income groups. This system utilises the best possible routes, combined with mixed land uses and an efficient transport network. This in turn, shortens commuting times, leading to a quicker and eco-friendly journey.
Integrated mixed transport use, Copenhagen (2)
Future Infrastructure Planning
To be able to future pro-proof and provide a long term viable solution for sustainable transport, we have to understand the people’s needs first. The main need is to reduce their travel distance (Design Council, 2016). In addition, there could be an implementation of a financial incentive for alternative modes of transport . This would mark the beginning of being able to meet our sustainable transport goals.
To meet this our government would need to implement a suitable infrastructure now, to tackle the problems of today and meet future demand of our ever-increasing population (Jacobs et al, 2011). Furthermore, by understanding people’s activities and habits, we can set objectives to compose more attractive and inviting spaces. Whilst putting this into effect, it would create a stronger connection to the public realm (Waldheim C, 2013) and hopefully promote an active movement, encouraging people to make better travel choices.
With sustainable transport as a necessity to tackling todays physical issues, it can help mitigate future commuter problems and reduce pollutants, leading to a better tomorrow.
Inclusive cycle network (3)
- Beatley, T. 2011. The City Reader, Planning for sustainability in European cities, 4th edition, pp.446-457.
- Design Council. 2016. Building for Life 12, 2016 edition, pp. 10-12
- Jacobs, A. & D. Appleyard. 2011. The City Reader, Toward an urban design manifesto, 5th edition, pp.518-529.
- Transport for London. 2017. Strategic Cycling Analysis: Identifying future cycling demand in London, [Online] Available at: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/strategic-cycling-analysis.pdf [Accessed 13th January 2018]
- Waldheim, C. 2013. The Urban Design Reader, Landscape as Urbanism, 2nd edition, pp.534-543