Thursday, December 9, 2010

Megacities on the Move Report...

A recent report entitled "Megacities of the Move" offers an interesting look into how people currently--and in the future may--move around and among cities.  This topic obviously affects land use and development patterns as the great battle between increased and decreased density wages on.

Here's an excerpt:

Exemplifying the important of dense cities organized around transit that discourage sprawl, in the U.S., the modal share of individual car use for cities decreased ever so slightly from 2000 to 2009. But this change occurred only in older and denser cities.

But still, according to the “Megacities on the Move” report, vehicle ownership currently stands at one billion cars and this figure is expected to grow to two billion in the next few decades. Smart growth patterns along with policy are needed to create attractive alternatives to driving.

A Menu of Choices and Incentives Not To Drive

Allocation of road and parking space for public space and public transit alternatives are important. For example, bus rapid transit (BRT) uses existing road infrastructure for buses that run on dedicated lanes. This component of BRT makes the systems cheaper to implement, but also takes space away from individual vehicles and uses it for mass transit. If usage of BRT is high, this frees up more road space for cars.

For the entire article, click here.

Chad Emerson, Faulkner.

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