Social Issues in Transport

Sustainability has three main pillars: economy, environment and society. A transportation system that is sustainable must address all the three factors of sustainability. The documents in this category address issues including gender, poverty and the informal sector.

iNUA #3: Gender and Urban Transport

iNUA #3: Gender and Urban Transport

The third SUTP iNUA factsheet focuses on gender as a cross-cutting issue that has to be considered in transport planning. The paper outlines the differences in needs and mobility patterns between women and men, and it offers concrete tools to include gender in an integrated transport planning for policy-makers, administrations and interested citizens.

First edition: 2017

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SUTP Module 5b - Urban Road Safety

SUTP Module 5b - Urban Road Safety

Road traffic crashes result in around 1.3 million deaths annually. A disproportionate amount is in developing countries, with the victims often being pedestrians and cyclists. This module describes how road safety is organised at a city government level, how it is assessed (including the use of tools such as road crash diagrams), how safer road environments can be created, and the importance of public awareness, enforcement, safer vehicles, and sound financing.

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Infographic – A comprehensive approach for road safety: The example of Germany

Infographic – A comprehensive approach for road safety: The example of Germany

About 3,400 people die every day in road traffic accidents around the world. A further 50 million people are injured every year. To reduce injuries and fatalities, many proven measures are available – from better infrastructure to safer vehicles, better enforcement & education and improved emergency medical services. Our infographic illustrates the comprehensive approach that Germany has taken as a response to sharply rising fatality rates since the 1950s - comprising a bundle of measures that can inspire policymakers and experts elsewhere.

First edition: 2015.

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    SUTP Module 7a - Gender and Urban Transport

    SUTP Module 7a - Gender and Urban Transport

    This module addresses how gender should be addressed in transport policy and planning. Unsuccessful, inefficient and unsustainable transport can result from a lack of consideration of gender issues. Moreover, transport is often seen as gender neutral — a road or bus system is expected to affect everyone equally. However, urban transport systems are dynamic and are influenced by society, and differences within society must be taken into account.

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    Report - Why Transport Matters

    Report - Why Transport Matters

    In the years since the Millennium Declaration was signed, the results for achieving the Millennium Development Goals have not been satisfactory. This report highlights the importance of transport in providing the precondition for the implementation of an effective multi-sector approach for the MDGs. It also discusses challenges that the transport sector faces.

    First edition: 2005.

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    SUTP Module 5g - Urban Transport and Health

    SUTP Module 5g - Urban Transport and Health

    The module, written by a team of World Health Organization (WHO) experts using the most up-to-date data available, illustrates the pathways through which urban transportation affects human health. It provides information about instruments to assess the health impacts – or benefits – of transport projects and policies. The Module also outlines policies for healthy transport, and shows how these can yield important co-benefits with regard to other principles of sustainable transportation (e.g. GHG mitigation).

    First edition: 2011.

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    SUTP Technical Document #2 - Social Change and Urban Transport

    SUTP Technical Document #2 - Social Change and Urban Transport

    Despite the growing awareness of the need of sustainability in transport planning, there have been few projects and initiatives investigating and working upon social aspects of transport, the third of the main pillars of sustainability. This document describes the many complexities of the social dimension of transport that should be taken into account when analysing existing policies and developing new ones. It provides a description of the main issues to be tackled, the main stakeholders in the local and international/multilateral levels, and indication as to how social impact assessment can help to deliver uniform benefits. 

    First edition: 2009.

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    SUTP Technical Document # 7 - Sustainable Transport Evaluation

    SUTP Technical Document # 7 - Sustainable Transport Evaluation

    The study outlines options for choosing appropriate indicators and evaluation schemes for sustainable transport. It also summarizes the benefits of an evaluation scheme not only for national and local governments, but also for donors and the scientific community.

    First edition: 2011.

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    SUTP Case Study # 7: Negotiating the Deal to enable the first Rea Vaya bus operating company

    SUTP Case Study # 7: Negotiating the Deal to enable the first Rea Vaya bus operating company

    The SUTP Case Study deals with the transition process from informal paratransit services to a full-scale BRT scheme in Johannesburg, South Africa. It provides a rare, detailed insight in the complicated but successful negotiations between the City of Johannesburg and representatives of more than 300 individual minibus-taxi owners.

    First edition: 2011.

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    SUTP Training Document: Public awareness and behaviour change

    SUTP Training Document: Public awareness and behaviour change

    This document focuses on the importance of awareness and the necessary tools to initiate a change in the behaviour of the stakeholders for a sustainable transport system. Further, the document explains the various surveying methods for proper data collection. These tools will help planners and professionals in charge of communication of transport projects to diffuse information regarding new transport projects or initiatives to change travel behaviour of citizens. 

    First edition: 2006.

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    A Status Report on the Contribution of Sustainable Transport to the Implementation of Rio+20

    A Status Report on the Contribution of Sustainable Transport to the Implementation of Rio+20

    This report assesses the implementation of the voluntary commitments entered into at Rio+20. In reaching those commitments, it is particularly important to create transformative change through the Avoid-Shift-Improve approach in order to provide improved and inclusive access to transport services and infrastructure as well as improving the economic, social and environmental sustainability of transport.

    First edition: 2013.

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    Fact Sheet - Challenges of informal motorcycle transport in Liberia

    Fact Sheet - Challenges of informal motorcycle transport in Liberia

    An insight into the challenges of informal motorcycle transport in Liberia and recommendations for increasing the overall safety. Published in 2012.

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    Reading List on Informal Public Transport

    Reading List on Informal Public Transport

    Recommended relevant reading and links on the topic of informal public transport. Published in 2010.

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