Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places

Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places

"Beyond Mobility is about prioritizing the needs and aspirations of people and the creation of great places. This is as important, if not more important, than expediting movement. A stronger focus on accessibility and place creates better communities, environments, and economies. Rethinking how projects are planned and designed in cities and suburbs needs to occur at multiple geographic scales, from micro-designs (such as parklets), corridors (such as road-diets), and city-regions (such as an urban growth boundary). It can involve both software (a shift in policy) and hardware (a physical transformation). Moving beyond mobility must also be socially inclusive, a significant challenge in light of the price increases that typically result from creating higher quality urban spaces."

Key findings

"Every year our current transportation paradigm generates more than 1.25 million fatalities directly through traffic collisions."

"Instead of planning primarily for mobility, our cities should focus on the safety, health, and access of the people in them."

"Authors provide an optimistic outlook about the potential to transform places for the better."

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