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Special Issue "Sustainable Development of Urban Mobility through Active Travel and Public Transport"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2023 | Viewed by 2854

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Katrin Lättman
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Department of Occupational Health Science and Psychology, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden
Interests: individual perspectives; perceived accessibility; walkability; sustainable travel; wellbeing
Dr. Noriko Otsuka
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Research Group Mobilities and Space, ILS Research gGmbH, Dortmund, Germany
Interests: walkability; urban mobility; urban design; public sapce; trans-European transport networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A sustainable development of urban transportation relies on our ability to offer citizens reliant and attractive alternatives to car travel, such as efficient and appealing public transport services, alongside an urban environment that is stimulating for active travel alternatives, such as walking and cycling. Traditionally, transportation research and planning has focused on optimizing the efficiency of urban transport systems, relying heavily on travel times and costs as the main drivers for making public transport systems attractive to citizens. Active travel modes have only recently been given an apposite focus in urban mobility research, and still there is much to learn about how we can better understand and promote integrated urban and transport planning in order to enhance liveable and attractive travel environments that encourage multiple types of sustainable travel behaviour. Moreover, when planning and designing active and public transport systems within existing and complex urban environments, we also need to take into consideration the diversity of citizens living in these areas. Thus, a greater focus on the needs and priorities of different travelers is necessary for a successful and all-inclusive sustainable transport system that encourages sustainable travel behaviour.

The focus of this Special Issue is to illuminate insights into successful and innovative solutions and developments of urban mobility towards a transition to sustainable travel by active or/and public transport modes. We welcome high-standard original empirical papers, including case studies, methodological papers, and review papers that shed a light on current issues and solutions related to the development of urban mobility through active and public transport travel, such as exploring factors promoting active and public transport behaviour, urban mobility related to individual perceptions, planning practices, the built environment design or the transport system or mode per se. Studies including underresearched areas and/or vulnerable populations are especially encouraged. We also welcome interdisciplinary perspectives. The recent increase in active travel—much due to the COVID-19 pandemic—also brings up new important questions regarding key factors of travel mode choice towards sustainable travel behaviour and of new ways of living in close proximity to home.

Potential topics of the Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Promotors for active travel behaviour;
  • Active and public transport planning;
  • Land-use development and urban design;
  • Accessibility and equity in urban sustainable mobility;
  • Walkability and bikeability in urban environments;
  • Urban form and sustainable transport;
  • Urban and transport-related social outcomes such as wellbeing and quality of life.

This Special Issue will contribute to existing interdisciplinary knowledge on facilitators and consequences related to sustainable urban mobility and liveable built environments.

Dr. Katrin Lättman
Dr. Noriko Otsuka
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • urban mobility
  • travel behaviour
  • active travel
  • public transport
  • interdisciplinary perspectives
  • accessibility
  • walkability
  • bikeability

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The Path to Sustainable and Equitable Mobility: Defining a Stakeholder-Informed Transportation System
Sustainability 2022, 14(23), 15950; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142315950 - 30 Nov 2022
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A transportation system should be designed considering the relevant stakeholders’ needs for a fundamental transformation in travelling behaviour. This research aims to contribute to that by characterising the future network in response to the stakeholders’ requirements, using a systematic literature review paired with [...] Read more.
A transportation system should be designed considering the relevant stakeholders’ needs for a fundamental transformation in travelling behaviour. This research aims to contribute to that by characterising the future network in response to the stakeholders’ requirements, using a systematic literature review paired with a grounded theory approach. Out of 39 reviewed publications, 13 transportation indicators were clustered into six dimensions representing stakeholders’ requirements for the transportation system. These results depict a stakeholder-informed land transportation system as a system of accessible and integrated mode services, which should be supported by policy and infrastructure, economically balanced, socially, and environmentally sustainable and rely on mobility-dedicated assisting features. Further research is proposed on (1) adapting these results to the legal, social, economic, and environmental contexts and (2) the ability of MaaS scenarios to answer the collected dimensions. This research is crucial to determine the areas of focus of a stakeholder-designed transportation system and to frame them in the mobility ecosystem, both individually and interlinked. Furthermore, its originality lies in (1) the application of this methodology to collect, analyse, and define a set of mobility investment priorities, and (2) the recognition of the relevant stakeholders in mobility considering their diverse perspectives and needs. Full article
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How Do Psychosocial Barriers Shape Public Transport Use? A Mixed-Method Study among Older Adults in Pakistan
Sustainability 2022, 14(19), 12471; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141912471 - 30 Sep 2022
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Transport can significantly contribute to independent and healthy ageing, but in Pakistan—as in various other countries across the globe—many older adults are dependent on others. Age-sensitive transport environments are crucial for generating positive experiences among older adults. Notably, psychosocial experiences significantly impact public [...] Read more.
Transport can significantly contribute to independent and healthy ageing, but in Pakistan—as in various other countries across the globe—many older adults are dependent on others. Age-sensitive transport environments are crucial for generating positive experiences among older adults. Notably, psychosocial experiences significantly impact public transport use. Thus, a thorough understanding of these psychological influences on public transport accessibility can encourage walkability and independent mobility. In the present research, we combine different data into a mixed-method study to investigate the psychosocial barriers to public transport use by older adults for daily travel in Lahore, Pakistan. The data include a questionnaire survey (319 older adults), semi-structured interviews (11 older adults), structured interviews with four experts and an analysis of relevant national-, provincial-, and district-level strategies and transport plans. The findings show how poorly perceived social norms, negative emotional responses, and perceived difficulty are significant barriers to using public transport services among older adults. Moreover, the existing transport plans and documents do not favour and cater to such psychosocial issues. Several strategic interventions that could promote walkability and public transport use are suggested. It includes activating social norms, raising awareness and information, providing social support, improving walking infrastructure and public transport services, pricing mechanisms, and offering specialised services. These initiatives, however, necessitate coordination among government authorities at the national, provincial, and district levels. Full article
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Perceived Accessibility and Key Influencing Factors in Transportation
Sustainability 2022, 14(17), 10806; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141710806 - 30 Aug 2022
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Accessibility is commonly assessed using indicators calculated from spatial data. Comparatively perceived accessibility cannot be adequately reflected by these calculated measures because it involves the perception to participate in spatially dispersed opportunities. This highlights the need to understand and consider perceived accessibility for [...] Read more.
Accessibility is commonly assessed using indicators calculated from spatial data. Comparatively perceived accessibility cannot be adequately reflected by these calculated measures because it involves the perception to participate in spatially dispersed opportunities. This highlights the need to understand and consider perceived accessibility for planning and evaluation of transport systems from a complementary perspective. Therefore, this study aims to offer a systematic review concerning the interpretations of perceived accessibility in transport, its concept, major social drivers, barriers, evaluation methods and key influencing factors. This review also highlights the importance of perceived safety and service quality in public transport and their relationship with perceived accessibility in daily travel. The paper argues that perceived accessibility with due consideration of perceived safety and service quality will contribute to the development from mobility-based to accessibility-based planning. Full article
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