Urban transport systems across the world are already under significant pressure, without a transformation in policy, and step change in effort, they will not be able to cope with the anticipated urban growth. If urban transport fails – urban development will not be sustainable. Lack of access to goods, services and opportunities is often the root cause of urban inequalities. Cities need to set a vision and specific targets for their urban mobility policy – in particular to provide access for all to “safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems” by 2030 (in accordance with the agreed SDG Target 11.2).
To facilitate the integration of sustainable urban mobility into the NUA the SLoCaT Partnership has identified, 5 Key Messages, 5 Specific Requirements for the NUA and 5 “Warning Signs” of unsustainable urban transport. These messages have been prepared and endorsed by the SLoCaT Partnership, following a detailed analysis of the Habitat III Policy Papers, Issue Papers, National Reports, Regional Reports, Regional and Thematic Meetings and the corresponding comments.
We need a massive transformation from the current pattern of “car orientated” development towards improved urban access for all delivered through better planning and a massive increase in public transport, walking and cycling. The transformation should be guided by a common global roadmap that delivers on both the SDG and the Paris Agreement as well as local needs. While the transformation and expansion will require significant investments they will bring significant social, economic and environmental returns.
To enable cities to deliver the significant change required national governments must provide the appropriate national policy frameworks and resources (in particular funding solutions and revenue raising powers). New integrated urban planning must deliver denser, mixed use developments and support the local provision of goods and services to limit the growth in transport demand. The necessary transformation of urban access will require the engagement of all stakeholders (national and local governments, civil society, financial institutions and the private sector). It needs to be developed and implemented through open and inclusive mobility policy and planning processes with the meaningful engagement of all stakeholder – in particular those in marginalised groups.”
5 Key messages on sustainable urban mobility
5 Specific Requirements for sustainable urban transport in the “New Urban Agenda”
5 Warning Signs of unsustainable urban transport