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Benchmarking sustainable urban mobility: The case of Curitiba, Brazil

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  • Miranda, Hellem de Freitas
  • Rodrigues da Silva, Antônio Nélson
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    Transportation planning is currently being confronted with a broader planning view, which is given by the concept of mobility. The Index of Sustainable Urban Mobility (I_SUM) is among the tools developed for supporting this new concept implementation. It is a tool to assess the current mobility conditions of any city, which can also be applied for policy formulation. This study focus on the application of I_SUM in the city of Curitiba, Brazil. Considering that the city is known worldwide as a reference of successful urban and transportation planning, the index application must confirm it. An additional objective of the study was to evaluate the index itself, or the subjacent assessment method and reference values. A global I_SUM value of 0.747 confirmed that the city has indeed very positive characteristics regarding sustainable mobility policies. However, some deficiencies were also detected, particularly with respect to non-motorized transport modes. The application has also served to show that a few I_SUM indicators were not able to capture some of the positive aspects of the city, what may suggest the need of changes in their formulation. Finally, the index application in parts of the city suggests that the city provides fair and equitable mobility conditions to all citizens throughout the city. This is certainly a good attribute for becoming a benchmark of sustainable mobility, even if it is not yet the ideal model.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transport Policy.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2012)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 141-151

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:21:y:2012:i:c:p:141-151

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    Keywords: Sustainable urban mobility; Benchmarking sustainable mobility; Curitiba; Index of sustainable urban mobility;

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    1. Duarte, Fábio & Procopiuck, Mario & Fujioka, Kelli, 2014. "‘No bicycle lanes!’ Shouted the cyclists. A controversial bicycle project in Curitiba, Brazil," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 180-185.
    2. Smith, T.W. & Axon, C.J. & Darton, R.C., 2013. "A methodology for measuring the sustainability of car transport systems," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 308-317.

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