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Transforming Urban Mobility: Components of Transport Planning for Sustainable Cities

Examine how different types of public transport can be employed to make urban transport more sustainable.

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Transforming Urban Mobility: Components of Transport Planning for Sustainable Cities

Discover how urban transport can be made more sustainable

Good transport systems and projects are critical to the development of sustainable cities.

On this course, you’ll consider the Avoid-Shift-Improve (ASI) framework – particularly the ‘Shift’ and ‘Improve’ dimensions – as key components of a sustainable urban mobility strategy.

Learn why sustainable cities are important

As cities grow, transport and city planners have to identify how to reduce emissions in an urban landscape still dominated by cars.

Creating transport systems that encourage sustainable travel behaviours is crucial. You’ll learn how to improve public transport, walking and cycling and how to improve the environmental impact of vehicles.

Explore the future of urban mobility

You’ll examine some of the key components of sustainable urban mobility, including the instruments of traffic demand management and the different types of public transport, including metro, tramway, bus rapid transit, cable car, and other means of travel.

Understand traffic management and streetscape design

You’ll consider the role of active mobility and streetscape design and the potential of vehicle technologies to improve environmental performance.

Finally, you’ll come away able to identify how effective decision-making and participatory processes help us to develop innovative transport strategies.

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  • Week 1

    Welcome to the components of sustainable urban mobility

    • Welcome to the course

      An introduction to the content in Week 1.

    • Introducing our course team and fellow learners

      Meet the course team, contributors and learners.

    • Learning with us

      Introducing the course’s case studies on transport and city planning.

    • Using the different elements of the ASI framework

      Examining traffic demand management.

    • TDM in practice

      Case studies on TDM.

    • Bringing it all together

      Assessing space allocation on the street.

  • Week 2

    Public Transport

    • Welcome to Week 2

      An introduction to different public transport options.

    • Public transport usage

      Differences in public transport usage by city.

    • Metro, LRT and tramways

      Urban metro and LRT options.

    • BRT systems

      Different BRT systems internationally.

    • Cable car systems

      The use of cable car systems in cities.

    • Informal transport

      The use of informal transport in cities.

    • Bringing it all together

      Assessing quality in provision.

  • Week 3

    Walking, Public Space and Cycling

    • Welcome to Week 3

      An introduction to Week 3.

    • Walking and public space

      Case studies in walking and public space.

    • Cycling

      Case studies in cycling.

    • Bringing it all together

      Redesigning the street.

  • Week 4

    Low emission vehicles

    • Welcome to Week 4

      An introduction to Week 4.

    • Cleaning the vehicle fleet

      The potential for low emission vehicles and fuels.

    • A low emission bus fleet

      Case studies on electric bus fleet operation and planning.

    • Bringing it all together

      Concluding exercise on low emission vehicles.

  • Week 5

    Decision-making process and participation

    • Welcome to Week 5

      Objectives, well-being and political economy.

    • A progressive approach for sustainable urban mobility

      Understanding the linkages between objectives, strategy and impacts.

    • Improving participatory approaches to decision making

      Improving participation in transport planning.

    • Bringing it all together

      Developing your sustainable transport strategy.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the instruments of traffic demand management
  • Explore different types of public transport, including metro, tramway, bus rapid transit, cable car and other means of travel
  • Debate the role of active mobility and streetscape design
  • Summarise the potential of vehicle technologies to improve environmental performance
  • Assess effective decision-making and participatory processes for developing innovative transport strategies

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for transport and city planning practitioners in the Global South, including in Africa, South America, and Asia. This includes academics, researchers, students, and those working in national and city authorities, consultancies, and civil society.

It will have wider interest for other interested stakeholders and members of the public, including for those in the Global North. Indeed, it will be of interest for anyone who is keen to understand how sustainable urban mobility can support the planning of great cities.

What software or tools do you need?

This course follows on from Transforming Urban Mobility: Introduction to Transport Planning for Sustainable Cities. We recommend you complete that course before this one.

Who will you learn with?

Beatriz is Postdoctoral Researcher at the BRT+ Centre of Excellence, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and former PhD student at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

Daniel Moser is Management Head of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at GIZ. In his position he provides management and strategic development of the initiative and its activities.

Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, and Director of the MSc in Transport & City Planning at UCL.

Advisor for Transport Policy and Climate Change at GIZ

Who developed the course?

UCL (University College London)

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.


We develop tailor-made solutions to challenging problems for our clients. As a competent service provider, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives.

Transforming Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)

TUMI is the leading global implementation initiative on sustainable mobility formed through the union of 11 prestigious partners. TUMI supports transport projects all around the world and enables policy makers to transform urban mobility. We believe in sustainable mobility for a better future.


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