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Attention newly motorizing cities! Look to NEW Transit Metropolises!


This diagram is from a new presentation (see below) in which I make the following claims:
  1. "New Transit Cities" are especially relevant for newly motorizing cities (such as India’s cities)
  2. Cities that are now New Transit Cities were, in the past, faced with challenging circumstances similar to those facing India’s cities today (namely a flood of vehicles causing traffic saturation at a time when they lacked significant mass transit that was immune from traffic)
  3. After flirting with accommodating cars, the New Transit Cities all resisted the idea that cars are a necessity and acted to make sure cars remained optional. 
Please take a look and tell me what you think in the comments. Let me know about any corrections or omissions. Do you agree?

If you can't see the embedded SlideShare version below, then download the presentation from the CSE India website (7MB pdf).



By the way, I presented this in Delhi last week at the invitation of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE India) for their workshop on 'Transport and Climate'. Day 2 on July 25 was on "Designing cities for sustainable mobility".

While in Delhi I also conducted a half day training workshop on parking policy. I will report on that over at Reinventing Parking.

Many thanks to CSE India and GIZ's SUTP for making the trip possible.

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  1. very good presentation. I think it has a lot of relevance for Chinese cities as well.

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