Organiser: SLU Urban Futures
Vehicle reduced urban development is a growing trend which promotes alternative mobility solutions such as walking, cycling and public transport. Besides being more climate friendly, vehicle reduced urban development brings benefits also for other sustainability aspects: children's outdoor environment, gender equality and ecosystem services.
In the 1950s, car ownership in Sweden quadrupled. The transition to today’s car-based society was driven not only by consumer demand but was actively promoted through urban planning and design. Motorways were constructed and old town centers were torn down to provide space for parking and shopping centers. Today, we know better, but cars continue to dominate our cities, making it difficult to reach local, national and international sustainability goals. In light of this it is gratifying that vehicle reduced urban development is a growing trend. Through challenging, green or flexible parking norms, municipalities can promote alternative mobility solutions such as walking, bicycle, public transport and car pools. In this seminar we present three benefits of vehicle reduced urban development that have received little attention: children’s outdoor environment, gender equality and ecosystem services. We also present a recent example from practice: the Mo-Bo/Nouvelle project in Upplands Väsby. After the seminar you are most welcome to stay and mingle.
Josefin Wangel, Co-Director SLU Urban Futures, SLU