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Principles for Transport in Urban Life .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Principles for Transport in Urban Life
  • Topic: Sustainable transport
  • Location: Chennai, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Guangzhou, China; other cities worldwide
  • Date of completion: 2018
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  • Keywords: Urban transport, urban design, urban planning, public transport, freight transport, non-motorized transport, travel demand management, avoid/shift strategies, street design
Jessica Morris, Chief Officer for Strategic Initiatives,,

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Description/achievement of initiative

The Principles for Transport in Urban Life will be used to leverage sustainable transportation as a principal driver for sustainable and livable urban development, with the goal of zoning reform in five cities worldwide. Metrics will be finalized that measures how well particular principles are represented in a development.

Implementation methodologies

The approach is three-fold:
1) To promote and disseminate best practices to government officials and practitioners on sustainable urban development
2) To use the Principles and the Metrics to influence zoning reform.
3) To provide technical assistance to cities seeking to reform zoning codes to incentivize better development.
We will be working in China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico to achieve this.


Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
Gehl Architects
Deliverable Date
Metrics for the Principles for Transport in Urban Life Dec 2013
Evaluations of plans in at least five cities using metrics Dec 2018
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Financing (in USD) $250,000
Staff / Technical expertise $200,000 of total amount

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