Lee Schipper: There’s no question there’s a place for cars in transportation, but I think in the case of the United States and Europe the place for cars will be smaller.
That’s according to expert Lee Schipper, who describes the way we might move around in cities and mega-cities of the future.
Lee Schipper: You know, there isn’t a best way. It’s a question of more or less balance of how we move. There’s a role for individual private transportation, but too much of it and everybody slows down and stops. There’s a role for large-scale collective transportation, bus rapid transit or metros. There is a role, a very important role, for non-motorized transport, for cycling.
Dr. Schipper is currently a visiting scholar at University of California Berkeley’s Transportation Center. He said the key to sustainable urban transportation is for people to live, work and play closer together.
Lee Schipper: The ownership of cars will probably continue to grow. The use of cars will be less than it has been. And above all we won’t need to move around as much because we discover that we can do all these great things closer to home.
Schipper predicts a 20- to 30-year transition to more sustainable human mobility.
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Learning to love science. As a producer for EarthSky, Lindsay Patterson interviews some of the world's most fascinating scientists. Through EarthSky, her work content is syndicated on some of the world's top media websites, including USAToday.com and Reuters.com. Patterson is also charged with helping to stay in steady communication with the thousands of scientists who contribute to EarthSky's work of making the voice of science heard in a noisy world. She graduated from Colorado College with a degree in creative writing, and a keen interest in all forms of journalism and media.