* Ernest Rutherford, Nobel Laureate, on taking over troubled Cavendish Lab in 1919
The TMAP Planners Toolbox:
To take full advantage of the fundamental structural differences between Old and New Mobility, it can help to reflect on the five necessary different steps of analysis and action suggested by the expression TMAP – which sets out four alternative views or ways of bridging space, which of course is what transportation is supposed to be all about. These are the essential building blocks of a full-function sustainable mobility plan for your city. If you have not integrated the best of each of these essential steps into your plan, it is time for a bit of continuing education.
Awareness of the environmental, economic, equity and efficiency limitations of the old car-dominated transportation paradigm traces back to the early 1970s and has been extensively documented in the international literature. But the old ideas, the old almost auto-pilot notions as to what works and what doesn’t die hard. It is thus necessary that from the perspective of planning and public policy that we keep a sharp eye on all of these old bad habits, from the beginning of the investigatory, preparatory, analytic and planning process.
With this in view here is a first shortlist of well-known transport-related traps which your city really does not need to fall into. If your strategic transport plan and actual performance, respect the first handful of these criteria. You can be confident that you’re well on the right path.