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Planning for sustainable transport around people's needs

Greed, Clara


Clara Greed


This paper reviews sustainability-driven spatial planning policy from the perspective of ordinary citizens as they seek to travel, live and work, and carry out their daily lives within the sustainable city. The original definition of sustainability contained social, economic and environmental components. This paper argues that there has been an over-emphasis upon the environmental aspects, at the expense of social considerations, especially gender, creating a dissonance between the sustainability and social equality agendas to the detriment of achieving inclusive urban design. Policy examples from transportation and land-use planning indicate that sustainability-driven planning policy is working against the creation of inclusive, equitable and accessible cities with particular reference to the needs of women. Sustainability policy is set at too high a level to engage with the realities of everyday life. It is concluded that there is a need for a more user-related, social perspective to be integrated into sustainable planning policy. Public transport needs to go where the people want to go, between the different land uses and facilities. In order to enable women and men of all ages to travel comfortably and easily it is important to make transport systems accessible and usable, with adequate ancillary facilities.


Greed, C. (2016, October). Planning for sustainable transport around people's needs. Paper presented at Gendering Habitat III: Facing the Global Challenges in Cities, Climate Change and Transport

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Gendering Habitat III: Facing the Global Challenges in Cities, Climate Change and Transport
Start Date Oct 5, 2016
End Date Oct 7, 2016
Acceptance Date Mar 10, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords sustainability, accessibility, gender, disability, transport planning, equality, public transport, railway stations, toilets
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Engendering Habitat III: Facing Global Challenges in Cities