The Social Provision of Sustainable Urban Mobility: an overview
“Sustainable urban mobility poses a number of important challenges for the way we understand and the values we attach to public life and the spaces in our cities. How we seek to provide mobility for whom, and the priorities we give to different ways and means of moving people around our cities raise questions of values and of justice. Issues of equity, social inclusion, sustainability, private and public spaces, individual and collective life are intertwined in any consideration of the future of urban transport.
This presentation seeks to give an outline of the many and varied connections and interests involved, conflicts arising, and suggests ways in which resolution may be achieved using existing international case studies. It tentatively suggests that planning for just and sustainable urban mobility may be an important way to achieve greater equality beyond traditional welfare provision.
Where urban centres are accessible and inviting for all sections of the population, there are a number of preconditions about social justice that are concurrent with notions of both public space and the public sphere. The provision of accessible and affordable transport, and free in the relevant places, is but one part of an agenda for change, but one of great tactical importance in the reshaping of our attitudes towards social relations.”
Dr Peter Cox is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Communication Studies at the University of Chester and teachs on the Sociology and the Politics programmes, with particular responsibility in the areas of Social Change and Social Movements. His research is primarily in the area of sustainable mobility, with particular reference to the sociology of cycling. He has published extensively around these topics and his latest book ‘Moving People: Sustainable Transport Development’ (2010) is available from Zed Books.