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Lee Schipper describes transportation choices of future cities

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.

This podcast was made possible in part by Shell – encouraging dialogue on the energy challenge.

August 12, 2008
Human World

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