New Atlas unveils sustainable transport in cities around the world

“Anyone with a computer and the Internet can find out which parts of the city are served by sustainable transportation infrastructure – and which are ignored.”

A recently launched online dashboard shows essential information for sustainable urban transport in more than 40,000 locations in more than 1,000 metropolitan areas worldwide.

The Atlas of Sustainable City Transport visualizes nine key sustainable mobility indicators by measuring existing infrastructure and what that means for people living or visiting nearby, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

The Atlas, which its developers call a unique tool for mapping sustainable mobility in this way, was published on Wednesday by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a non-profit organization that works with cities around the world to design and develop sustainable mobility. implement high-quality transportation systems and policy solutions that make cities more livable, equitable and sustainable.

“The Atlas of Sustainable City Transport is a powerful tool for all types of transportation and urban planning practitioners, from researchers to government officials,” Heather Thompson, the institute’s CEO, said in a statement: “With the open data in the Atlas, ITDP is committed to helping cities and everyone in the mobility sector make more informed decisions to improve city life.”

The tool is designed for use by professionals – from policy makers and planners to researchers – to monitor and improve transport policies and projects worldwide, as well as for ordinary citizens.

“Anyone with a computer and the internet can find out which parts of their city are served by sustainable transportation infrastructure – and which are ignored,” the Atlas developers said.

The nine indicators are:

  • Population density
  • Block density
  • People near protected cycle paths
  • People near services
  • People near car-free places
  • People safe from highways
  • People near frequent transportation
  • People near fast transportation
  • People near bike paths + transportation

The data is based on four main sources of open and collaborative sources: the European Commission’s Global Human Settlement Layer; OpenStreetMap; MobilityData’s Mobility Database; and the Transit Explorer. The ITDP, noting that anyone can contribute information, make suggestions and correct inaccuracies, plans to update the Atlas regularly.

The tool shows detailed measurements of all indicators, not only for the municipality, but for more than 40,000 local administrative areas, such as districts, neighborhoods and often even neighborhoods. Users can compare cities within a region, country, and even neighborhoods within a city.

For example, Latin American cities such as Bogotá, Colombia and Lima, Peru, score well in walkability, and the African city of Kigali, Rwanda excels in measures such as “Keeping People Safe from Highways,” the ITDP noted, for “presenting models for infrastructure that other world cities can learn from.”

A number of cities have already seen that using these indicators for planning can be beneficial in promoting sustainable mobility, according to the tool’s creators, and that by displaying these indicators the Atlas will enable cities around the world make this success replicate.

  • the cities of Seattle and Primpri-Chinchwad, India, have officially adopted the use of ‘People Near Frequent Transport’. For example, in the years since Seattle adopted this indicator, it has become the only major city in the US to see an increase in bus ridership.
  • Fortaleza, Brazil has introduced ‘People Near Bikeways’ to track progress and has become one of Brazil’s top bike-friendly cities.

“We are very excited to use the Atlas for many types of analyzes across the city of Seattle,” Ben Rosenblatt, chief planner at the Seattle Department of Transportation, said in a statement. “For example, ITDP’s open source data on proximity to car-free spaces could inform our future programming of ‘People Streets’ and ‘Public Spaces’. Supported by Seattle’s own race and social equity indicators, the Atlas will help us target investments in the right places and more effectively advance a vision for equitable, safe and sustainable mobility.”

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