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ECTP YOUNG PLANNERS WORKSHOP 2016

URBAN PLANNING PUBLIC SPACE AND MOBILITY

[11/02/2016]

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Urban planning, public space and mobility

 
International and European official documents have been pointing out urban transport as one of the most important cause of CO2 emissions, road accidents, and urban congestion.

 
In this way, European Commission has indicated that cities suffer most from congestion, poor air quality and noise exposure. Urban transport is responsible for about a quarter of CO2 emissions from transport, and 69% of road accidents occur in cities” (European Commission, 2011, pp. 7, Section 2.4 article 30).

 
To solve this, European Commission indicates that  “Demand management and land--use planning can lower traffic volumes…facilitating walking and cycling should become an integral part of urban mobility and infrastructure design (European Commission, 2011, pp. 7, Section 2.4, article 30 &31)”.

 
According to this diagnosis, cleaner transport has been introduced in urban policies facilitating walking and cycling transport but with different results.  In leading cities, walking and cycling facilitate over 40% of the daily urban trips a [European Environmental Agency 2013]. It is assumed that the success of leading cities is strongly related to the configuration and infrastructure of these cities as well as to demography, economy, culture, and urban policies.

 
But in many European cities cycling is almost non-existent, whereas other cities have, in recent years, been able to boost levels of both walking and cycling. These remarkable successes have resulted from a coordinated set of supportive policies, planning actions and related investments in walking and cycling infrastructure over the longer term.

 
This workshop will try to finding out how and why of some good experiences and how design and planning can promote walking and cycling infrastructure. The first objective of the workshop is to learn from published empirical evidence on behavioural patterns and determinants from the best policy practices throughout Europe. The second objective is to analyse links between urban design and bicycle as  Ann Forsyth & Kevin Krizek[1] proposed, particularly when they ask if  Would urban design considerations and practices be different if the experience of bicycling was provided a more central place in key dialogues regarding the future of cities.

 
Besides, this workshop on line -according ECTP challenges- aims to get a trans-disciplinary approach to mobility and specially to planning for pedestrians and cyclist in order to takes into account the complex interaction between mobility patterns of humans and the form and configuration of urban areas.

 
The works presented along with the conclusions from these papers will be included in a final e-book 


 


[1] Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 16. No. 4, 531–549, November 2011