World's Most Congested Cities - Better, faster, cheaper
- "Is this a new mobility agenda or a new travel agenda? - Dave Holladay wrote on
this date (See below)
I have tried over the years to provide my clearest possible answers to this good
challenge, to which I can answer in brief that the crux of the New Mobility
Agenda includes the refocusing of transport policy and practice along much the
lines that Dave has set out here.
Recently I tried to put it all on a virtual "page", which if it interests you at
all you can find at Http://www.newmobilityadvisory.org/tfl.htm. If you do make
it over there the five minute video introduction and the "Philosophy" section
might be worth a visit. In the latter in particular (in the whole thing in fact
but your time and interest may not allow for that) I would be most grateful for
your critical comments and suggestions. The whole thing is very much work in
progress (after a couple of decades what else might be expected), so anything
that you kick in, including challenges of course, will be very much welcome. In
fact, at the end of the day this is really a collective statement with me just
serving in this instance as a temporary mouthpiece But this stuff does need to
be brought into the fore of the agenda. Don't you think?
Kind thanks again for those good comments Dave,
PS. What we call today the New Mobility Agenda has a fairly long "etymological"
history. Back in the early seventies we first called it by a whole range of
names with emphasis on words like alternatives, access, paratransit,
Telecommunications Substitutes for Transportation, and a few others. By 1988, we
were trying out for size "Cities without Cars?" (then in a quick next step we
got rid of the question mark), followed by "Sustainable Transportation" (but it
kept getting interpreted all around as a mainly critical even negative concept),
then on to "ACCESS", from which in the mid nineties to STEP (Sustainable
Transport Emergency Program), and only about a decade ago did we decide to hit
the nail on the head and call it the New Mobility Agenda, with the emphasis on
breaking the old mobility gridlocks with a clear eye to sustainable development
and social justice. But without endlessly waiting for the promises of technology
fixes and the rest to take care of the problems with the pokey nose of civil
society and active and informed citizens. And so we are today. Warts and all.
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Subject: Re: WorldTransport Forum World's Most Congested Cities - Better,
Is this a new mobility agenda or a new travel agenda?
Underground and overhead transport systems have a fatal flaw - in order to
deliver people to the diverse places that they want to get to each 'destination'
requires an access point. and the economics (and commonsense) dictate that we
can only have a limited number of access points (stations) or intersections on
the freeway. Real mobility is to actually get the person (who is the
fundamental focus of this exercise) between places they need to be for the
functions of living. The ultimate is of course to live such that you expend the
minimum of effort and resources in doing this, by having living and working
space close together, and food and water supply equally convenient. Sadly the
style of many modern lives is one of dependency on others and dependency on the
need to travel distances at the cost of time and other resources, which given
the numbers doing this and the means by which they do it, in order to achieve
that individual journey package delivers congestion.
Reading Henry George particularly highlights how our Progress is more to Poverty
(of life and living conditions), as we claim to be increasing our Prosperity.
However we've made our bed and part of the issue is making it comfortable to lie
in. People do discover the convenience of abandoning the motor car in towns,
and flock to use cycles or buses, or walk because it works for them, and this
really turns a corner when enlightened authorities make sure that the hierarchy
of pedestrian primacy makes it easy to walk to the places you need to go.
When you realise that there are more people slipping round Oxford Circus on the
2-3 metre wide footways, than pass though on the 6.3m carriageway you can see
the answer to the congestion conundrum. Around 200 people per minute can pass
along a road lane width comfortably - compared to clearing 20 cars with the
typical 1.2 people in them as an uninterrupted flow -add in junctions and
stop-start features and that will plummet to 10 cars/minute or less....
concentrate a few thousand cars at an out of town shopping mall and watch what
happens when the shops close and they all try to leave at the same time.... 1000
cars will take at least 1� hours to get out of one car park egress.....