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Re: [New Mobility/WorldTransport Forum] Re: WBCSD report - general commentary

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  • Sujit Patwardhan
    31 July 2004 Clicking on the link for the PDF files generates an error message. If anyone faced a similar problem I would suggest you delete the closed para
    Message 1 of 13 , Jul 31 8:39 AM
      31 July 2004

      Clicking on the link for the PDF files generates an error message.

      If anyone faced a similar problem I would suggest you delete the "closed
      para" sign appearing at the end of the file name in the browser, and click
      again. The PDF file then opens.

      Thought I would pass this on to those who may have had similar difficulty.


      At 07:16 PM 7/29/2004, you wrote:

      >Here are my general comments on the WBCSD report and how it can be improved.
      >* There should be a clear discussion of the differences and tensions
      >between mobility and accessibility. It should be clear that most mobility
      >is intended to provide accessibility (excepting travel that is purely for
      >pleasure, without a destination); that accessibility is affected by
      >mobility, land use patterns and accessibility substitutes
      >(telecommunications and delivery services); and that efforts to increase
      >mobility often reduce accessibility (e.g., sprawl, barrier effect from
      >wider roads, declining walking conditions and transit services) (see
      >* The conventional paradigm perceives a set of distinct problems
      >(congestion, air pollution, accidents, inadequate mobility for non-drivers,
      >etc.) each of which can be solved given additional investments and design
      >improvements. What I think is missing is a realization that often the
      >solutions to one of these problems exacerbates other problems. For example,
      >many efforts to reduce vehicle energy consumption by increasing fuel
      >efficiency reduce the per-mile cost of driving, resulting in increased
      >congestion and accidents, and efforts to reduce congestion by removing
      >"choke points" will increase mileage and therefore air pollution.
      >Sustainable transportation therefore requires a process for taking into
      >account these secondary impacts in transport policy analysis and planning
      >(see http://www.vtpi.org/reinvent.pdf).
      >* From this perspective, mobility management strategies that correct
      >current market distortions that result in economically-excessive automobile
      >travel and sprawled land use patterns are a key approach to creating more
      >sustainable transportation. Some of these are relatively easy to implement,
      >and they provide numerous benefits, including reduced congestion,
      >accidents, air emissions, consumer savings, and improved mobility for
      >non-drivers. They include higher fuel taxes, pay-as-you-drive vehicle
      >insurance, direct parking pricing, road pricing, and smart growth market
      >reforms (see http://www.vtpi.org/winwin.pdf and http://www.vtpi.org/tdm).
      >Todd Litman, Director
      >Victoria Transport Policy Institute
      >"Efficiency - Equity - Clarity"
      >1250 Rudlin Street
      >Victoria, BC, V8V 3R7, Canada
      >Phone & Fax: 250-360-1560
      >Email: litman@...
      >Website: http://www.vtpi.org
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      Sujit Patwardhan
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