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Comment on: COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS: REVIEW OF URBAN CONGESTION – TRENDS, IMPACTS AND SOLUTIONS
Good intentions that somehow don’t eventuate?
Interesting to a person involved in questioning whether (m)any of these items (strategies, policies, etc) are really being applied widely or only in a few specific cases in Australia as compared with implementation elsewhere
There does seem to be a lot of “weasel” words i.e., which are open to interpretation?
One missing element which has very significant impacts across most of the items on the list is ‘urban speed limits’ with vast kilometres of local residential streets still 50km/h and most main roads 60 km/h or more – making car use by far the most attractive mode … until congestion becomes a problem.
So is congestion reduction really a strategy to improve roads for the current mode share? There are very few areas of 40 km/h and almost none of 30 km/h. There are almost no areas of “shared zones” ie shared with people of all ages and abilities walking, cycling or disability aids.
So is this list really a commitment or just another example of “things we are looking at” but have been looking at for, in some cases, up to 30-40 or more years?
One “easy” to implement measure is 50/30 yet it is not even on the list!!!!
With that added, a useful list? Or akin to New Year resolutions? Good intentions that somehow don’t eventuate?
Convenor, Cyclists Urban Speedlimit Taskforce
PhD researcher, University of Queensland
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Bio: Educated as a development economist, Francis Eric Knight Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, he is MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent non-profit advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, incomplete information, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities. In the autumn of 2018 he committed his life work to the challenges of countering climate change from GHG emissions from the transport sector. (For more see Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh, @ericbritton. email at firstname.lastname@example.org) and Skype: newmobility
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