Social implications of urban transport

This report examines some of the longer term social implications of widespread use of the motor car for personal travel. Particular emphasis is placed on the increasing disparity in levels of access and mobility within cities - that is, the ever widening gap in the opportunities available to the carless and to the car user. This longer term impact is linked to changes in land use patterns, such that dependence upon the motor car is built into large tracts of our cities. This is in spite of the fact that large segments of the population - indeed a majority of the population - do not have the optional use of a car. Transport disadvantaged groups include the young, the elderly, housewives, the indigent and the handicapped. The implications of lack of access to a car are especially serious in the outer suburbs where the quality of public transport is poor and levels of physical accessibility to most activities are low. Planners have unwittingly contributed to these social problems by failing to consider the convenience of those without access to a car. Solutions to these problems must be sought at both local and metropolitan levels. (A)

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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Morris, J M
  • Publication Date: 1978-3


  • English

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  • Pagination: 15P
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    • Issue Number: AIR 1058-2

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  • Accession Number: 01440590
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 11:03PM