Trans Am Totem by Marcus Bowcott

Mobility Planning in an Era of Rapid Change

From driverless cars to the Hyperloop, significant change is coming to urban mobility. Few cities have begun to seriously address this disruptive change however. Recognizing this gap, Brooks Rainwater from the National League of Cities identifies four ways urban mobility will change: Demographic and workforce change; infrastructure financing; the growth of public and private mobility systems; and new modes of transportation. There are great opportunities on the horizon, but forward thinking policies are needed now, rather than as reactions to a future we knew was coming. It’s worth noting that throughout history, urban mobility has faced all of these changes before. While we need a deeper understanding of the disruptive technology that is on the horizon, it might not hurt to dig out the urban mobility history books, either.

Mitchell Reardon

Mitchell Reardon is the TH!NK by IBI blog curator, a land use planner and urban experimenter. His interdisciplinary work centres on people and how they live, work and move through the city. Mitchell is enjoying life in Vancouver, after 6 years of living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. Catch up with him on Twitter: @MitchellReardon

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