Talk this Friday at UC Berkeley: "How We Can Have Safe, Convenient, Affordable, Pleasant Transportation Without Making People Drive Less or Give Up Suburban Living"
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January 23, 2004
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in 240 Bechtel Center
Join us from 3:30-4pm in the ITS Library for cookie hour!
Institute of Transportation Studies
University of California, Davis
"How We Can Have Safe, Convenient, Affordable, Pleasant Transportation
Without Making People Drive Less or Give Up Suburban Living"
My transportation colleagues and I at ITS - UC Davis have developed an
idea for a new town plan and transportation system that, as we claim
rather grandiosely in the title of a research report, can make
transportation safe, environmentally benign, pleasant, and convenient
without having people give up automobile driving or suburban living.
In our view there is a great deal of evidence that any transportation
plans that require people to significantly reduce driving or give up
suburban living are not likely to succeed at large scales in the USA. We
also believe that so-called efficient pricing and similar economic
instruments are not likely to materially affect transportation problems.
Therefore, our strategy is not to focus on reducing automobile use, but rather to develop a new town
plan and transportation system that can dramatically mitigate a wide range
of transportation-related problems while accommodating demand for auto
mobility and single-family living. The basic idea behind this plan is to
completely segregate vehicle use according to the kinetic energy of the
vehicles, because kinetic energy turns out to be an excellent proxy for
most of the negative effects of transportation: death and injury from
crashes, excessive energy use, environmental pollution, expensive and ugly
infrastructure, and so on. Specifically, we propose to have two completely
separate infrastructures, one for fast and heavy vehicles, and the other
for lightweight and low-speed modes. We have designed an entire town plan
and transportation system that realizes this.
The major elements of our idea have transportation and planning
antecedents. For example, our dual-transportation infrastructure can be
viewed in part as an extensive elaboration of "garden city" plans (e.g.,
Radburn, New Jersey; Davis, California; and Welwyn, England), and our
recognition of the benefits of reducing the kinetic energy of travel has
been anticipated by Bill Garrison (of U.C. Berkeley) and others. We were
inspired by these ideas to develop a new transportation system on a
city-wide scale. In this talk I elaborate on the development, details, and
impacts of this plan. (A research report, referenced below, provides
M. A. Delucchi, K. Kurani, K. Nesbitt, and T. Turrentine, How We Can Have Safe, Convenient, Affordable, Pleasant Transportation
Without Making People Drive Less or Give Up Suburban Living, UCD-ITS-RR-02-08, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of
California, Davis, September (2002).
The report can be downloaded from www.its.ucdavis.edu/faculty/delucchi.htm.