What are the Impacts of Transportation on Cities?

A closer look at urban transport – TERM 2013: transport indicators tracking progress towards environmental targets in Europe(112 page pdf, Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM), European Environment Agency, Dec. 3, 2013)

Also discussed here: Front-running cities changing transport, improving quality of life(Press Release, European Environment Agency, Dec. 3, 2013)

Today we review a report from TERM in Europe which monitors progress of  cities toward EU goals concerning air pollution and noise from transportation, principally from privately-owned vehicles especially those fuelled with diesel whose fate is nicely summed up by this quote: “Many cities are applying innovative ideas which will make the car-based transport system seem like an idea belonging to the last century.” Some of the alarming statistics include: 96 to 98  % of city dwellers are exposed to fine particulate or ozone levels above WHO guidelines, half of the urban population is exposed to noise levels above 55 dB and  nearly EUR 100 billion is lost annually as a result of traffic congestion. Further development of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans is recommended which would include improvements for cyclists and pedestrians and traffic calming and better public transport.

transportation health impacts on Europe

To see Key Quotes and Links to key reports about this post, click HERE


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