Special Issue "Car-Free Cities: Urban Planning Strategies to Reduce Private Transport"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Xavier Úbeda Cartañá
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GRAM (Mediterranean Environmental Research Group). Department of Geography, University of Barcelona, Spain
Interests: forests fire; forests ecology; prescribed fires, soils, hydrology.
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Prof. Dr. Joan Tort Donada
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Department of Geography, University of Barcelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: urban and regional planning; land-use impacts and changes; urban and environmental systems; urban studies
Dr. Albert Santasusagna Riu
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Department of Geography, Water Research Institute (IdRA), University of Barcelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: sustainable cities; urban planning; urban conflicts; environmental management; water management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Urban development of cities has coexisted with various types of mobility throughout history. At the beginning of the 20th century, a new actor broke into the urban public space: the car. The progressive increase of vehicles in cities forced to reconfigure urban space as it had been proposed up to that moment. The result was a public space with new rules, where the citizen became a pedestrian and the car determined the rest of mobility as a consequence of its presence in the centre of the road, the priority of passage and its high speeds. Fortunately, the problems associated with the dominance of the car in the city (traffic congestion, environmental pollution, reduction of other mobility) have led to the recent implementation of new policies and strategies for urban sustainability that prioritize the partial or total reduction of private transport. 

This Special Issue of Sustainability calls for original research papers that collect experiences, plans and urban projects in favour of good practices to improve the living conditions of citizens through a reduction, control or prohibition of the car in the city. However, research that addresses the promotion of sustainable urban mobility alternatives and analyses the evolution of urban networks in relation to the emergence of private transport is also welcome. In addition, studies on the effects of COVID-19 on urban mobility and direct consequences of the decline in private transportation during the pandemic will be greatly appreciated. We seek contributions that address these and other challenges with a focus on policies, plans and projects from local, but also regional and global perspectives. 

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Dr. Xavier Úbeda Cartañá
Prof. Dr. Joan Tort Donada
Dr. Albert Santasusagna Riu
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable mobility
  • urban mobility
  • transport policy
  • sustainable urban planning
  • urban planning
  • green space
  • urban health
  • urban accessibility

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The Impact of Carsharing on Transport in the City. Case Study of Tri-City in Poland
Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 688; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13020688 - 12 Jan 2021
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The work on the impact of innovative solutions in urban transport on the inhabitants’ quality of life was discussed. This paper presents the characteristics of the use of shared vehicles in the agglomeration, based on the example of the Tri-City. An analysis of [...] Read more.
The work on the impact of innovative solutions in urban transport on the inhabitants’ quality of life was discussed. This paper presents the characteristics of the use of shared vehicles in the agglomeration, based on the example of the Tri-City. An analysis of vehicles’ use in given periods of time was performed, indicating the growing interest in using this type of transport in the city. The work was divided into four chapters. The first part concerns the history of travel and urban development. The second discusses all currently available communication solutions in cities. The third chapter contains the research part. It focuses on presenting changes in vehicle availability over a more extended period. The fourth chapter describes the functioning of cars “for minutes” and the operation and use of dedicated mobile applications. The work ended with a summary of theoretical and cognitive content. A significant contribution is a brief analysis of the shared car market in the Tri-City. The available options are characterized. Also, the degree of use has been analyzed. The study concluded with theses about the further rapid development of this industry in northern Poland. Full article
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