How do you plan for both transportation and urban development in an integrated way? How do you assess the effectiveness of infrastructure investment from an accessibility perspective, and who should do what to ensure implementation? In seeking to answer such questions, this book argues that a focus on accessibility is key to the successful integration of urban planning and transportation planning, as both seek to provide citizens with access to opportunities. With an underlying principle of achieving sustainable development, urban planners, politicians, and community advocates are now demanding a new approach to planning urban areas and transportation networks that provides for accessibility, rather than assuming mobility, especially by private car. This book shows how, and why, we can successfully plan for sustainable accessibility through urban development planning and transportation planning practices. Employing a multi-dimensional perspective, sustainable accessibility is considered through the lens of different residents and their daily needs. Through the lens of a "mobility pyramid," the book studies three different spatial scales: metropolitan, town centers, and neighborhoods. There is a strong focus on their qualities of place and on governance, considering who should take action, and how processes of implementation influence the effectiveness of design approaches. This innovative multi-dimensional perspective reframes traditional approaches and offers the reader a look at the bigger picture of what is required to plan for sustainable accessibility, while at the same time outlining the specific details that are necessary for its implementation.
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