Best practices for mobility in disadvantaged areas discussed in new report

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 23 Sep 2014
A report compiling best practices on mobility solutions for cities in developing countries has been published, with examples from South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The principle of mobility for all is recognised as a significant challenge for cities across the world. For people from more disadvantaged sections of society who do not own a form of personal motorised transport, even using basic public transportation can be unaffordable and often inadequate for their needs. They might instead rely on walking or cycling, but often there is insufficient provision of infrastructure for these modes of mobility. These groups are also most vulnerable to the negative impacts of transport, such as emissions and pollutants, traffic congestion, and unsafe pedestrian and cycling environments.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has carried out a report on behalf of the Global Energy Network for Urban Settlements (GENUS) to generate knowledge and promote exchange of experiences on solutions related to mobility for such groups. It focuses on several key areas including: organising informal transport, reducing the environmental impacts of informal transport, providing public transit connectivity to urban poor areas, mobility policies and planning for poor areas, transport infrastructure planning and development for poor areas, and promotion of non-motorised transport.

The report highlights that there is a need for governments to prioritise mobility for the disadvantaged in their policies, plans and implementation programmes at national and local levels to guide the actions of cities. These strategies need to promote mobility solutions for low-income groups, implying the role of non-motorised transport and public transport to achieve inclusive development. Alongside large financial investment in public transport, there is a crucial role for short distance connectivity, for which walking and cycling are the primary mobility modes.

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