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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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  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

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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What topics will you cover?

  • Travel demand management
  • Public transport
  • Walking, public spaces, and cycling
  • Low-emission vehicles
  • Decision-making processes and participation

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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?

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

Beatriz is Postdoctoral Researcher at CEDEUS and the BRT+ Centre of Excellence, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. She got her PhD at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

Transport Planner and Adivsor at the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at GIZ.

Project Coordinator at the Sustainable Mobility Division of Asociación Sustentar (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Civil engineer with a Master of Urban Planning.

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.

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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