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Sustainable Transport Systems: Linkages Between Environmental Issues, Public Transport, Non-Motorized Transport And Safety
  • Published Date:
    2000-10-01
  • Language:
    English
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  • TRIS Online Accession Number:
    804947
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ; NTL-PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLES-PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLESNTL-PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLES-Bicycles ; NTL-PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLES-Pedestrians ;
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    A sustainable transport system must provide mobility and accessibility to all urban residents in a safe and end environmentally friendly mode of transport. This is a complex and difficult task when the needs and demands of people belonging to different income groups are not only different but also often conflicting. For example, if a large proportion of the population can not afford to use motorized transport - private vehicles or public buses - then they have to either walk or ride bicycles to work. Provision of safe infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians may need segregation of road space for bicyclists and pedestrians from motorized traffic or reduction in speeds of vehicles. Both measures could result in restricting mobility of car users. Similarly, measures to reduce pollution may at times conflict with those needed for reduction in road accidents. In this paper the authors discuss some of the issues concerning public transport, safety and the environment. They illustrate that unless the needs of non-motorized modes of traffic are met it will be almost impossible to design any sustainable transportation system for urban areas. They show that pedestrians, bicyclists and non-motorized rickshaws are the most critical elements in mixed traffic. If the infrastructure design does not meet the requirements of these elements all modes of transport operate in sub-optimal conditions. However, it is possible to redesign the existing roads to provide a safer and more convenient environment for non-motorized modes. This also results in improved efficiency of public transport vehicles and enhanced capacity of the corridor when measured in number of passengers transported per hour per lane.

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