Car-free Development

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Designing streets for people, not just cars, is considered to be a key issue in efforts aimed at reducing car dependency and promoting low carbon mobility, such as public transport enhancement and fostering non-motorised transport. This document aims at providing the reader with an overview of the latest available literature on Car Free Development and New Street Design. Moreover, it includes links to a wide range of related organisations and projects.

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This tool is included in the Transportation Toolkit from the LEDS Global Partnership.

When to Use This Tool

While building a low emission strategy for your country's transportation system, this tool is most useful during these key phases of the process:

Learn more about the key actions you need to take to build a successful LEDS.

How to Use This Tool

This tool is most helpful when using these strategies:

  • Avoid - Cut the need for travel
  • Shift - Change to low-carbon modes

Learn more about the avoid, shift, improve framework for limiting air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.

One large component of sustainable urban transport focuses on the promotion and enhancement of modes that are friendly to the environment, people and economy. Such modes are public transport, walking and cycling. The latter two are collectively called non-motorised transport. A greater modal share of these sustainable modes directly implies reduced air-pollution, traffic congestion, clean and safe cities and improved liveability. Hence, this theme provides the basic material that is required for the policy-makers to make sustainable choices for their city transport.