What many people call “transportation” . .  is at its very essence not about road or bridges, nor vehicles or technology, and not even about money.  Above all it is about people, their needs, fears, desires and the decisions they make. And the backdrop — real and mental — against which they make those decision. The transport planner needs to know more them and take this knowledge into the center of the planning and policy process. What makes them tick, individually and collectively.  What do they want and what they are likely to resist.

Morning Ebb And Flow from jim slade on Vimeo.

As gas prices rise and the hype ramps up again about electric cars as the "solution" to green mobility in cities, I find myself busy once again pointing out that the biggest challenge in cities when it comes to how we get around, isn't about what comes out of the tailpipe of your car.


THE UN SAYS the global population will reach 9 billion by 2050. Six billion of that population will live in urban areas. That’s a jump of 2.5 billion city dwellers over the next 35 years.

Argue the numbers all you wish–I’m skeptical that world population will grow as fast as the UN predicts. Still, the effect on cities will be inescapable, whether the jump in city dwellers is 1.5 billion or 2.5 billion. The stresses on cities will be enormous: water, food, energy, transportation, health care, security, crime, quality of life.

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Finland has set itself a target of becoming a model for sustainable transport by 2020 by using a system which will allow people to choose the most optimum means of travel for each particular journey which they hope will become a viable alternative to buying a private car.