Damned if you do - and damned if you don't: the future of roads in Australian cities

In 1987, concern about the cost of reserving land for roads in Perth led to a review of future road needs and the means of ensuring that land was available for roads when required. This required long-term estimates of future travel demand under a variety of land use and economic scenarios. In 1989, a more wide-ranging review of long-term transport strategies for the Perth Metropolitan Region was initiated, under a Transport Strategy Committee established by the Minister for Transport. Both studies were a response to developing concerns about the sustainability of a car-oriented city. This paper attempts to put roads and the private car into the context of ecologically, economically and socially sustainable cities. It argues that movement in private vehicles will continue to be a feature of cities, but the type and role of those vehicles will change. Some of those changes we can predict from current knowledge, others will be unpredictable, but we need to plan our cities to be robust in the face of such unforeseen changes. Whilst the emphasis is on Perth, Western Australia, the conclusions have a much wider validity and, to a large extent, are likely to be applicable to most cities.


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  • Pagination: 256-68 (Thursday)
  • Monograph Title: ASPAC 92: IRF/ARF Asia Regional Pacific Road Conference, 1992, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01433218
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:29PM