Toward active transport as a utilitarian and recreational form of sustainable urban mobility

P. Arbab, J. Martinez, S. Amer, K. Pfeffer

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The ongoing growth of motorized transport modes poses serious challenges to urban environments such as air and noise pollution, adverse health impacts, and improper allocation of space in the city. Over time, the paradigms of transport planning have shifted gradually toward active transport as a utilitarian and recreational form of sustainable urban mobility with desirable ecological, economical, and social properties. Active travel modes, concerning the physical activity of locomotion, generally include walking and bicycling, which have environmental benefits such as a decrease of carbon and reduction of traffic congestions. Besides, active transport, as a form of an active lifestyle, is one of the most usual physical activities which have numerous benefits regarding health and wellbeing, including reducing risk factors of chronic diseases, such as overweight and obesity, and increasing happiness, contentment, and engagement. Therefore, active transport has been increasingly considered in transportation and urban planning studies as an alternative for motorized transport and a sedentary lifestyle. Studies have shown that the built environment can facilitate active transport by walking or cycling to destinations and accordingly contributes to residents’ physical activity. Hence, this study aims to explore and explain the association between the built environment and active transport by urban residents through a literature review. Insights such as there are important natural/physical and macro/micro environmental characteristics that encourage the tendency for active transport as well as socioeconomic and sociodemographic attributes differently affect this indicative relationship, are subsumed in a conceptual framework that can guide future empirical studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Mobility-as-a-Service Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, Virtual CSUM2020
EditorsEftihia G. Nathanail, Giannis Adamos, Ioannis Karakikes
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-61075-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-61074-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventConference on Sustainable Urban Mobility: Advances in Mobility-as-a-Service Systems - Skiathos Island, Greece
Duration: 17 Jun 202019 Jun 2020
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceConference on Sustainable Urban Mobility
Abbreviated titleCSUM 2020
CitySkiathos Island
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