Monday 12th September 2016
We have had over 200 years growth in mobility measured by the distances travelled every year. This growth, fed by eye wateringly large subsidies, involves an astonishing lack of comprehension of the huge negative consequences. Governments proclaim the benefits of more airport capacity, more roads and bypasses, more high speed rail and accepts the growth in mobility as good for happiness, wealth and quality of life.
Thirty years of research on mobility has convinced Prof Whitelegg that mobility is bad value for money, damages health and community life and consumes vast amounts of scarce public cash in the name of more and better infrastructure.
His book ‘Mobility …’ https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=2815 proclaims that more mobility does not produce the good things in life and kills over 3000 people every day in road crashes, creates noise and air pollution that damages health, feeds the growth of greenhouse gases and destroys healthy, active travel and community life in sociable neighbourhoods. It is time, he says, to bring an end to the mobility fetish, to replace far with near, to create liveable and child friendly cities and to bring an end to the role of the car as a default option. This requires a serious commitment to “three zeroes”; Zero death and injury in the road traffic environment, Zero air pollution from traffic sources, Zero carbon transport.
John Whitelegg was Head of Department of Geography at Lancaster University and Director of the University’s Environmental Epidemiology Research Unit and is Stockholm Environmental Institute Associate at the University of York. He is managing Director of Eco-Logica, http://www.eco-logica.co.uk/. He is also Visiting Professor of Sustainable Transport at Liverpool John Moores University, and founder and editor of the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice.
John has worked on sustainable transport projects for 30 years and is the author of ten books and over 100 papers. He has worked extensively on consultancy and research projects for the UK local authorities, the European Commission, the Australian federal and state governments and many private sector clients including Pfizer, the US Pharmaceutical manufacturer.
His research interests encompass transport and the environment, definition of sustainable transport systems and a sustainable built environment, development of transport in third world cities focusing on the relationships between sustainability and human health, implementation of environmental strategies within manufacturing and service industry and development of environmental management standards. He has published widely on these topics.
Monday 12th September 2016
By John Whitelegg
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