Moving Towards Low Carbon Mobility

Moving Towards Low Carbon Mobility

Edited by Moshe Givoni and David Banister

The transport sector has been singularly unsuccessful in becoming low carbon and less resource intensive. This book takes an innovative and holistic social, cultural and behavioural perspective, as well as covering the more conventional economic and technological dimensions, to provide a more complete understanding of the mobility and transport system and its progress towards high carbon mobility.

Chapter 3: Accessibility, equity and transport

Julia Markovich

Subjects: economics and finance, environmental economics, transport, environment, climate change, environmental economics, transport, urban and regional studies, transport


Reductions in the levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector is an important overriding policy concern, but this must be achieved without compromising access to the services and amenities that are required for everyday life and contribute to social and economic inclusion (SSEE, 2010). This challenge is indicative of a broader policy conflict between sustainability and social equity objectives that has been observed in both the developed world (for example, Lucas, 2006) and in rapidly urbanizing and motoring countries (for example, Ahmed et al., 2008). While sustainability initiatives emphasize significant reductions in traffic levels and promote active travel and public transport, social equity initiatives recognize that the car is increasingly necessary for socially disadvantaged groups to fully participate in everyday life. The reductions in car use required to adequately decrease GHG emissions could thus drastically and adversely affect the life chances of many disadvantaged individuals and communities. This chapter addresses the theme of equity and accessibility in transport, and comprises five sections. It aims to provide the reader with an in-depth analysis of the main issues associated with this theme and its intersection with wider issues, such as social inclusion.

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