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Solving Traffic Congestion through Street Renaissance: A Perspective from Dense Asian Cities

Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, Curtin University, Perth, GPO Box U1987, WA 6845, Australia
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Urban Sci. 2019, 3(1), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci3010018
Received: 30 December 2018 / Revised: 12 January 2019 / Accepted: 26 January 2019 / Published: 29 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Place Making and Urban Governance)
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Traffic congestion is one of the most vexing city problems and involves numerous factors which cannot be addressed without a holistic approach. Congestion cannot be narrowly tackled at the cost of a city’s quality of life. Focusing on transport and land use planning, this paper examines transport policies and practices on both the supply and demand sides and finds that indirect travel demand management might be the most desirable solution to this chronic traffic ailment. The concept of absorption of traffic demand through the renaissance of streets as a way for traffic relief is introduced from two perspectives, with some examples from dense Asian urban contexts to demonstrate this. Firstly, jobs–housing balance suggests the return of production activities to residential areas and sufficient provision of diverse space/housing options to deal with work-related traffic. The second approach is to promote the street as a multi-activity destination rather than a thoroughfare to access dispersed daily needs, and to advocate more street life to diminish non-commuting traffic. Based on this, suggestions for better transport planning policies are put forward. View Full-Text
Keywords: travel demand management; land use pattern; low-mobility; active transport; street space; multi-activity destination; balance and adaptability; urban fabrics; Asian cities. travel demand management; land use pattern; low-mobility; active transport; street space; multi-activity destination; balance and adaptability; urban fabrics; Asian cities.
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Wen, L.; Kenworthy, J.; Guo, X.; Marinova, D. Solving Traffic Congestion through Street Renaissance: A Perspective from Dense Asian Cities. Urban Sci. 2019, 3, 18.

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