Beyond tradition: a systems-based definition of sustainable transport development

Society for Sustainability & Environmental Engineering
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2009 SSEE International Conference - Solutions for a Sustainable Planet Website, 2009, pp. 1 - 11
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This paper attempts to provide a definition of sustainable urban transport development. As will be shown, while the need to develop transport in a sustainable way has been widely accepted by many governments and transport practitioners, a consistent view on what is meant by sustainable transport is yet to develop. In an effort to address this, this paper begins by providing a systematic overview of the problems that the urban transport sector faces. It highlights shortcomings in the traditional ways that transport practitioners have approached the issue of sustainable transport development. In response, it proposes a different way of conceptualising the role of urban transport as a provider of access to services and facilitator of interaction and exchange in the urban system. In so doing it provides a new understanding and definition of what sustainable transport development could be in practice.
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