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Transforming Urban Mobility: Introduction to Transport Planning for Sustainable Cities

Discover the different dimensions of sustainable urban mobility, including the Avoid-Shift-Improve (ASI) framework.

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Transforming Urban Mobility: Introduction to Transport Planning for Sustainable Cities
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Learn how urban mobility projects can help to create sustainable cities

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

This course considers the impacts of motorisation, our current unsustainable travel patterns, and the framework for changing to sustainable urban mobility.

Understand the components of a sustainable urban mobility strategy

You’ll explore the impacts of different transport systems and discover approaches to transport planning that help cities become more sustainable.

You’ll also examine the different dimensions of sustainable urban mobility, including the Avoid-Shift-Improve (ASI) framework, which strives to achieve significant GHG emission reductions, reduced energy consumption, less congestion, with the final objective being to create more liveable cities.

Discover how sustainable urban mobility is most effectively delivered

You’ll understand the role of urban planning in supporting the use of public transport, walking and cycling, and how integrated solutions can work across cities worldwide.

You’ll experience how integrated urban and transport planning helps improve the welfare of people and their communities, shaping travel behaviours and neighborhoods into healthier, more efficient spaces.

You’ll also consider how sustainable land use planning helps improve the welfare of people and their communities, shaping their urban areas and neighborhoods into healthier, more efficient spaces.

Learn from planning experts at the UCL Bartlett School of Planning and the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)

The Bartlett School of Planning is one of the leading research-led planning schools in the world. In collaboration with TUMI, you’ll learn about planning, design and management of cities, their transport systems, and how you can shape their future.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds Mobility has become an integral component in all of our lives. Transport allows us to access activities and to participate in life. Transport systems are very different across cities and facilitate very varied experiences of life. However, in most cities, the private car has become too dominant. Over the period from the 1950s to the 1980s and onwards, our lives are too dependent on the use of the car. Space on the street has been given by a complex set of processes, institutions, and actors through one dominant mode, the private car, at the expense of all others. This has been justified in terms of supporting individualised travel but has ignored the very significant adverse impacts on society.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds In this course, we ask how transport systems can most effectively support sustainable cities.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds Your lead educators on this course are from the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. We will hear from a range of experts giving lectures and discussing case study material. We will explore practise in many cities internationally, including Delft, Freiburg, Hong Kong, Hauten, and London. Using videos, articles, and discussions, we will ask how transport affects our cities, examine the Avoid-Shift-Improve framework for development sustainable urban mobility, and assess good practise in integrated urban planning and transport. The course is intended for a range of people, including transport and city planning practitioners in the global scene, including in Africa, South America, and Asia. You can join us to explore how transport systems can most effectively support sustainable cities.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Welcome to introducing sustainable urban mobility

    • Welcome to the course

      How might transport support the sustainable city?

    • Focus of the course

      The focus and structure of the course syllabus and a welcome to our learners and educators.

    • Learning from a global experience

      Introducing the case studies on transport and city planning.

    • Learning with us

      Learning processes and materials.

  • Week 2

    How does transport affect our cities?

    • Welcome to Week 2

      An introduction to the content in Week 2.

    • Levels of motorisation

      Levels of motorisation in cities and institutional support.

    • The adverse impacts of current motorisation

      What impacts do high levels of motorisation have?

    • Bringing it all together

      How sustainable is transport in your context?

  • Week 3

    The Avoid-Shift-Improve (ASI) framework

    • Welcome to Week 3

      An introduction to the content in Week 3.

    • Normative transport planning

      Developing a vision and framework for sustainable urban mobility.

    • A decision-making process

      A process for progressive transport and city planning, including considerations of social equity.

    • Bringing it all together

      Developing a vision and associated policy measures.

  • Week 4

    Integrated Urban Planning and Transport

    • Welcome to Week 4

      An introduction to the content in Week 4.

    • Urban growth

      The problems of unplanned urban growth.

    • Urban structure and travel

      Transit-orientated development and accessibility planning.

    • Integrated urban planning and transport in practice

      Case studies on integrated urban planning and transport.

    • Bringing it all together

      Assessing the integration of urban planning and transport.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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 impacts of different transport systems, including the adverse impacts of motorisation
  • Explore the different dimensions of sustainable urban mobility, including the Avoid-Shift-Improve (ASI) framework
  • Explore the role of urban planning in supporting the use of public transport, walking and cycling

Who is the course for?

The course is best suited to transport and city planning practitioners in both the Global South and Global North, including in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

This includes academics, researchers, students and those working in national and city authorities, consultancies, and civil society. It’s also suited to those who are simply interested in learning more about sustainable urban mobility.

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

Advisor for Transport Policy and Climate Change at GIZ

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.

GIZ

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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