Modern cities require a mix of transport: walking, cycling, light rail, bus and car. More recently micromobility has been added to the mix with the introduction of scooters and other electric gadgets. It is time to step away from the car.
Walking, cycling and public transport are already quicker for many commuters and they are certainly cheaper than a car. But old habits die hard.
It should be noticeable on the Glenoch Interchange in the morning that cars are slow, expensive, polluting and noisy. Worse of all for vulnerable road users they are very dangerous.
There is an alternative and many cities around the world have taken the next step and never looked back. It appears only the lack of imagination is holding us back.
The 2019 Australian Walking and Cycling Conference has released a podcast series entitled Step Away from the Car 2.0. Here are the highlights.
Getting There Faster by Slowing Down
For over a century, we’ve been told that Faster Is Better, but the evidence suggests otherwise. Associate Professor Paul Tranter goes as far to as to contend that over reliance on cars steals our time, money and health. Slowing down whole cities can improve public health, drop infrastructure costs and increase our sense of community.
Urban Density is Good for Us All
Living in a place where you can get to your work, support services, entertainment and shops without a long car drive is good for the health of individuals, communities and the planet. Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a public health researcher committed to gathering the evidence to drive that change.
On NOT Re-inventing the Wheel
As Australia grapples with questions of how to encourage more walking and cycling, Churchill Fellow Jo Cruickshank looked to cities that have already come up with some answers. Jo is a Senior Policy Officer with the Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics. She speaks here about what she learned from European cities that have wholeheartedly embraced cyclists.