Sustainable Transport tagged posts

Tragedy of the Commons revisited from a transportation perspective.

The following paper was published in the June 2017 issue of the  Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Journal.



The convergence of many issues makes it timely to reassess the role of the urban arterial: environmental concerns, climate change, complete streets, sustainability, urban livability indices, and indeed less per capita driving. While some might say technology will save us, this paper purports that something more fundamental needs to change.




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The Prospects for Pedestrian Streets in the US

Transportation Choices Principal Dr. Joseph Kott gave a presentation on June 13th on the failure, success, and prospects of pedestrian streets and districts in the United States at the International Conference on Transport and Health. The conference was hosted by the Mineta Transportation Institute on the San Jose State University campus.

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Transport Planning for a Sustainable Future

Transportation Choices is deighted to pass along the news of a new book by Prof. John Whitelegg, Editor of World Transport Policy and Practice, entitled Mobility: A New Urban Design and Transport Planning Philosophy for a Sustainable Future. Transportation Choices is proud to support World Transport Policy and Practice through grant funding from the Helen and William Mazer Foundation. Professor Whitelegg is a distinguished, visionary scholar and advocate of sustainable transportation.

Here is the statement about the book from the Amazon site at which it may be purchased:

“We have experienced over 200 years growth in mobility measured by the distances we travel every day or every year and this growth is fed by eye wateringly large subsidies, a persistent bias in politics and planning ...

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Keynote Address to Urban Design Conference

Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Principal Dr. Joseph Kott gave the transportation keynote address at the 11th Annual North Carolina State University Urban Design Conference in Raleigh on March 7th. The title of this year’s conference was “Density in Place: Design Works.” Joe’s talk was entitled “Transforming Streets, Transforming Freeways: The Emerging Transportation System in America’s Communities and Metro Areas “.  Dr. Kott called the movement to create sustainable, multi-modal, context sensitive roadways “the next new frontier for sustainable cities and sustainable transportation”. Joe observed that “America is beginning to reverse the decades-long journey to automobile dependence described so well by Clay McShane in his brilliant book, ‘Down the Asphalt Path’...

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From Complete Streets to Complete Freeways

Joseph Kott, PhD, AICP, PTP

Principal and Vice President, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research and Policy Institute

The “complete streets” movement has made sustainable transportation a tangible goal in many of America’s cities and towns. Streets are no longer seen as reserved for cars only or mostly, but as both links and places for people, venues for multimodal transportation. Yet the most visible of all the symbols of urban transport and automobile dependence, the urban freeway, remains the domain of the private motor vehicle.  In 2011, there were 477 billion motor vehicle miles driven on America’s urban freeways.[1] While the approximately 93,000 lane mile of urban freeways represent less that 4% of the nation’s roadway miles, these highways carry near...

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