Sustainable Transportation – 101 Things You Have to Keep Your Eye On

brain2One of the reasons why such a small proportion of the world cities are working on having more sustainable transportation systems has to do with the fact that these are literally “complex systems”, a category of social and economic interactions which is far more complicated than laying down additional meters of concrete.

A complex system is filled with nuances and surprises, as a result of the fact that all of the bits and pieces that constitute them interact with each other, and all too often yields contradictory results which are quite opposite from what the initial practitiones or policymakers may have wished to bring about.  The classic example of this is of course the discredited “predict and provide” approach to transport which famously creates a mindset which consistently favors more traffic.  So even with all of the goodwill and hope in the world, many of these policies or approaches achieve results which are contrary to the initial expectations and often deleterious.

In an effort to try to clarify this point, I sat down this morning and played  a kind of associative-thinking  word game, the results of which you will see below.  Essentially what I was trying to do was to put my finger on the multitude of issues, topics and phenomena that need to be taken into consideration for sustainable transport planning and policy, which for now have you do the following “short list”. Now someone who is properly trained or works in this area will immediately recognize just about every point brought up in this long listing — and moreover understand how it fits into the overall pattern which needs to be developed if the overall mobility system is going to serve all the population in a sustainable and fair manner.  So if you have trouble identifying points on this list, then you are most likely going to have to engage in some continuing education if you want to take a positive role when it comes to thinking about the future of the mobility system of your city.

I’ve surely missed at least as many things which are critical to the overall system, so any suggestions you might have, including to eliminate any of the things you see here, will be most appreciated.

So for now, off we go on this Saturday, 16 July 2016 attempt to make some sense of all this and to engage you to thinking about sustainable transport in Penang or in your city.

  1. Accidents
  2. Accounting
  3. Affordability
  4. Ageing population
  5. Air quality
  6. Apps
  7. Behaviour
  8. Better
  9. Bicycles
  10. Big data
  11. Bike to school
  12. Blind/sight impaired
  13. BRT
  14. Bus stops
  15. Bus to school
  16. Car free zones
  17. Car ownership
  18. Car rental
  19. Car sharing
  20. Car-based transport
  21. Cheaper
  22. Choices
  23. Ciclovia
  24. City planning
  25. Civil society
  26. Climate
  27. Climate impacts
  28. Comfort
  29. Commercial impacts
  30. Commuter traffic
  31. Compensation
  32. Complaints
  33. Complex systems
  34. Compromise
  35. Conflict
  36. Congestion
  37. Congestion pricing
  38. Contracting
  39. Cycling
  40. Damage
  41. Deaf/hearing-impaired
  42. Delivery
  43. Dialogue
  44. Dignity
  45. E-Bikes
  46. Economic impacts
  47. Economic instruments
  48. Economics
  49. Eco-zones
  50. Elderly
  51. Electric transport
  52. Electronic fare cards
  53. Emergency services
  54. Emergency services
  55. Energy impacts
  56. Enforcement
  57. Environmental impacts
  58. Equity
  59. Fairness
  60. Faster
  61. Feedback loops
  62. Ferries
  63. Finance
  64. Financial disincentives
  65. Financial incentives
  66. Fines
  67. First kilometer
  68. Flyovers
  69. Free public transport
  70. Freight delivery
  71. Fuel efficiency – systemic
  72. Full cost pricing
  73. Future generations
  74. Gas/petrol prices
  75. Goods delivery
  76. GPS
  77. Greenhouse gas emissions
  78. Handicapped
  79. Hitchhiking
  80. Home delivery
  81. Hours
  82. HOVs – high occupancy vehicles
  83. Incentives
  84. Incidents
  85. Inclusiveness
  86. Integrated transport planning
  87. Isolated populations
  88. Job creation
  89. Justice
  90. Kiss and ride
  91. Land use
  92. Land-use planning
  93. Last kilometer
  94. Learning systems
  95. Life quality
  96. Lifecycle assessment
  97. Logistics
  98. LOVs – low occupancy vehicles
  99. Low carbon
  100. Low-density areas
  101. LRT/LRV
  102. Maintenance
  103. Mediation
  104. Mobilien
  105. Mobility
  106. Monorails (Not)
  107. Motorized two wheelers
  108. Negative feedback loops
  109. Negotiation
  110. Neighborhood impacts
  111. Neighborliness
  112. No choice
  113. Noise
  114. Obesity
  115. Open reporting
  116. Openness
  117. Parent with children
  118. Park-and-ride
  119. Parking
  120. Pedestrian overpass
  121. Pedestrian underpass
  122. Pedestrianization
  123. Person with shopping
  124. Policing
  125. Positive incentives
  126. Pollution
  127. PPP – Polluter pays principle
  128. Predict and provide
  129. Priority systems
  130. Privacy
  131. Protection
  132. Proximity
  133. Public accounting
  134. Public bicycle systems
  135. Public health
  136. Public interest
  137. Public space
  138. Public transit
  139. Public transport
  140. Public-private partnerships
  141. Renewables
  142. Rental cars
  143. Repairs
  144. Residential parking
  145. Ridesharing
  146. Road conversion
  147. Road diets
  148. Road marking
  149. Road narrowing
  150. Road pricing
  151. Road rage
  152. Road safety
  153. Road widening
  154. Safety
  155. Scheduling
  156. Scooters/motorcycles
  157. Security
  158. Sentences
  159. Signage
  160. Slowing traffic
  161. Slugging
  162. Social impacts
  163. SOVs – Single occupancy vehicles
  164. Speed
  165. Speed limits
  166. Strategy
  167. Street hawkers
  168. Street sharing
  169. Sustainable cities
  170. Sustainable lives
  171. Sustainable transport
  172. Taxes
  173. Taxi
  174. Technological agnosticism
  175. Ticket prices
  176. Time
  177. Time management
  178. TOD – Transit oriented development
  179. Tolls
  180. Tramways
  181. Transit stops
  182. Transition strategies
  183. Transport hubs
  184. Trishaw
  185. Uber
  186. Underserved areas
  187. Underserved people
  188. User pays
  189. Variable hours
  190. Variable pricing
  191. Variable pricing
  192. Vision
  193. Vulnerable populations
  194. Walking
  195. Water transport
  196. Women in leadership
  197. Work trip
  198. Worker transport
  199. Zoning

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About the author:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .

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One thought on “Sustainable Transportation – 101 Things You Have to Keep Your Eye On

  1. Good list, Eric. Here are a few that occurred to me while reading:
    user pays
    ageing population
    congestion pricing
    kiss and ride
    e-bikes
    integrated transport planning

    Perhaps some of these might be added to replace one or more of your duplicate entries?
    Di

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