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New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies

New transportation technologies can expand our world. During the last century, motorized modes increased our mobility by an order of magnitude, providing large benefits, but also imposing huge costs on individuals and communities. Faster and more expensive modes were favored over those that are more affordable, efficient, and healthy. As new transportation innovations become available, from e-scooters to autonomous cars, how do we make decisions that benefit our communities?
In the book New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies, transportation expert Todd Litman examines 12 emerging transportation modes and services that are likely to significantly affect our lives: bike- and carsharing, micro-mobilities, ridehailing and micro-transit, public transit innovations, telework, autonomous and electric vehicles, air taxis, mobility prioritization, and logistics management. These innovations allow people to scoot, ride, and fly like never before, but can also impose significant costs on users and communities. Planners need detailed information on their potential benefits and impacts to make informed choices.
Litman critically evaluates these new technologies and services and provides practical guidance for optimizing them. He systematically examines how each New Mobility is likely to affect travel activity (how and how much people travel); consumer costs and affordability; roadway infrastructure design and costs; parking demand; land use development patterns; public safety and health; energy and pollution emissions; and economic opportunity and fairness.
Public policies around New Mobilities can either help create heaven, a well-planned transportation system that uses new technologies intelligently, or hell, a poorly planned transportation system that is overwhelmed by conflicting and costly, unhealthy, and inequitable modes. His expert analysis will help planners, local policymakers, and concerned citizens to make informed choices about the New Mobility revolution.

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There is still time to register for my free Thursday webinar:
"New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies," June 24, 2021, by the Smart Growth Network.

New transportation technologies are coming online faster than ever. While many of these emerging technologies are helping to expand our world, they need to be evaluated critically. Todd Litman discusses twelve emerging transportation modes and services that are likely to significantly affect our lives as they become more commonplace.

Litman will examine how these modes and services may affect travel activity, costs and affordability, infrastructure design and cost, and other elements.

Not So Fast! Slower Is Often Better - Planetizen Blog

To create more affordable, healthy, equitable, accessible, and resource-efficient communities, planners must reform the way we value speed relative to other community goals.

Conventional planning often assumes that travelers prioritize speed, but in practice they frequently choose slower options for affordability, health, enjoyment and livability sake; for example, motorists choosing slower but more scenic routes, or commuters who bicycle for enjoyment or fitness sake, or take public transit because they can relax  and work while travelling. Surveys indicate that many people want to drive less, rely more on slower modes, live in more  compact communities, and reduce their transportation costs. To be efficient and equitable, planning must respond to these demands.
Todd Litman (
Victoria Transport Policy Institute (
Mobile: 250-508-5150
1250 Rudlin Street
Victoria, CANADA
Efficiency – Equity – Clarity

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