Ranking sustainable urban mobility indicators and their matching transport policies to support liveable city Futures: A MICMAC approach
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2023

Understanding, promoting and managing sustainable urban mobility better is very critical in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis. Identifying, evaluating, benchmarking and prioritising its key indicators is a way to ensure that policy-makers will develop those transport strategies and measures necessary to facilitate a more effective transition to liveable futures. After identifying from the literature and the European Commission (EC) directives the indicators that are underpinning the powerful scheme of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) that each municipality in Europe may implement to elevate the wellbeing of its population, we adopt a Cross Impact Matrix Multiplication Applied to Classification (MICMAC) approach to assess, contextualise and rank them. Through conducting a qualitative study that involved a narrative literature review and more importantly in-depth discussions with 28 elite participants, each of them with expertise in sustainable development, we are able to designate the Sustainable Urban Mobility Indicators (SUMIs) that are the most (and least) impactful. According to our analysis the most powerful indicator is traffic congestion, followed by affordability of public transport for the poorest, energy efficiency, access to mobility service and multimodal integration. This analysis allows us to then match them with the most applicable strategies that may ensure a holistic approach towards supporting in practical terms sustainable mobility in the city level. These are in ranking order: Transit Oriented Development (TOD); public and active transport enhancement; parking policies, vehicle circulation and ownership measures; telecommuting and car-pooling.

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Ioannis Chatziioannou

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Alexandros Nikitas

Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield

Pangiotis Tzouras

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Efthimios bakogiannis

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Luis Alvarez-Icasa

Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM

Luis Chias-Becerril

Instituto de Geografía, UNAM

Christos Karolemeas

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Christos Tsigdinos

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Pontus Wallgren

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design & Human Factors

Oskar Rexfelt

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design & Human Factors

Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives

25901982 (eISSN)

Vol. 18 100788


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Transportteknik och logistik




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