PHOTO CAPTION: Able to lean into turns, this French-built narrow car carries two and is one of a number of sensible EVs designed for inner-city travel.

Larger Cities, More People Pose Transportation Problems for Planners

Cities and businesses are looking for ways to move people and goods more efficiently and sustainably including improving public transit and promoting greater use of bicycles.

Published: 23-Feb-2013

As more and more people move into cities, more cars are also hitting the streets. These vehicles not only spew greenhouse gas emissions, they can cause urban traffic fatalities. We already see 1.2 million traffic-related deaths per year worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, with increased urbanization and motorization, road fatalities are expected to become the fifth-leading cause of death by 2030.

What are some of the key drivers of urban traffic fatalities? What can be done to reduce fatalities through sustainable urban development and sustainable urban mobility? What are successful examples of projects to reduce road fatalities in cities?

At the invitation of The Brookings Institution and the FIA Foundation, Holger Dalkmann, Director of WRI’s EMBARQ Center for Sustainable Transport, and Claudia Adriazola-Steil, EMBARQ Director of the Health & Road Safety Program, highlighted last week in Washington, DC some key findings and actions to reduce urban traffic fatalities. Here are some highlights:


New York City's Citibike launched in the summer of 2013 with much success.

Shared mobility, which includes carsharing and bikesharing, is the cornerstone of the sharing economy, propelled by converging trends.


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