Towards an equity-centred model of sustainable mobility: Integrating inequality and segregation challenges in the green mobility transition

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Journal Article

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place - urban, policy - environment, policy - equity, policy - sustainable, land use - urban density, land use - planning, land use - transit oriented development


Sustainable mobility, Equity, Segregation, Activity spaces, 15-Minute Cityy, Transit-oriented development, E-mobility


Urban planners and transportation policy makers around the world are proposing initiatives for greener mobility, particularly by promoting higher urban development densities, active transport modes, and non-auto access to destinations. This Special Issue engages critically with the sustainable mobility and 15-Minute City concepts by outlining an Equitable Sustainable Mobility Model that integrates non-auto accessibility improvements with key daily activity destinations to establish a wider discussion on urban structure, segregation, equity and mobility. The papers collected in this Special Issue reveal that sustainable mobility solutions are only partial when detached from the underlying mechanisms of residential sorting and spatial patterns of daily activity spaces. An equitable shift towards greener mobility needs to (1) address rising levels of residential segregation by promoting neighbourhood-level mixed-income housing, (2) radically shift urban space from automobility to different greener forms of mobility, (3) address not only neighbourhood specific, but also metropolitan-level access challenges to key activity places, (4) focus on integrating broadly accessible and affordable travel modes, particularly active travel (walking and cycling) and public transit, and (5) develop e-mobility solutions that are accessible to diverse user needs and offer flexible inter-neighbourhood coverage.


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