Sustainable urban transport in the developing world: beyond megacities

Pojani, Dorina and Stead, Dominic (2015) Sustainable urban transport in the developing world: beyond megacities. Sustainability (Switzerland), 7 6: 7784-7805. doi:10.3390/su7067784

Author Pojani, Dorina
Stead, Dominic
Title Sustainable urban transport in the developing world: beyond megacities
Journal name Sustainability (Switzerland)   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2071-1050
Publication date 2015-06-17
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/su7067784
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 6
Start page 7784
End page 7805
Total pages 22
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher MDPI
Language eng
Abstract Megacities have frequently received a disproportionate amount of attention over other sizes of cities in recent discourse on urban sustainability. In this article, the authors argue that a focus on smaller and medium-sized cities is crucial to achieving substantial progress towards more sustainable urban development, not only because they are home to at least a quarter of the world’s population but because they also offer great potential for sustainable transformations. In principle, their size allows for flexibility in terms of urban expansion, adoption of “green” travel modes, and environmental protection. At the same time, smaller and medium-sized cities often have fewer resources to implement new transport measures and can be more vulnerable to fluctuations in the world economy. This article critically reviews the potential role and impact of nine commonly considered options for sustainable urban transport in cities in developing countries: (1) road infrastructure; (2) rail-based public transport; (3) road-based public transport; (4) support for non-motorized travel modes; (5) technological solutions; (6) awareness-raising campaigns; (7) pricing mechanisms; (8) vehicle access restrictions; and (9) control of land-uses. Drawing on international research and examples of policies to reduce the environmental impacts of transport in urban areas, this article identifies some key lessons for sustainable urban transport in smaller and medium-sized cities in developing countries. These lessons are certainly not always identical to those for megacities in the global south.
Keyword Developing cities
Medium-sized cities
Sustainable transport
Urban transport
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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