Special issue: Land Use and Sustainable Mobility

  • Henk Meurs Nijmegen School of Management/MuConsult´╝î University of Nijmegen


Concerns about the sustainability of current land use and transportation practices are
increasingly issues of policy concern in most countries of the world. There is a call for better
coordination between land use and transport. A number of factors motivate such attention
(Gorham, 1998) Firstly, growth in car ownership and use show no signs of abating. Secondly,
technology seems unable to fully solve the environmental and other problems associated with
motorized transport. Problems have remained with respect to CO2, noise and the nonemissions related impacts of vehicles. Thirdly, the building costs of new infrastructure have
increased, whereas the benefits provided by such infrastructure, are increasingly questioned
(Cervero, 2003). In cases where new road infrastructure is provided primarily to relieve
congestion, these roads tend to provide at best only temporary relief. The increased capacity
tends to induce new traffic in the relatively short run through spatial, temporal, and modal
changes in travel patterns and, in the longer run, through land-use changes caused by changes
in overall accessibility levels (Downs 1992; Goodwin, 1996). These insights have increased
the attention for measures other than infrastructure construction (Banister, 2002). Fourthly,
just one strategy, e.g. completely based on technology or pricing, cannot solve the problems
alone. For example, price signals, clearly being a necessary part of any strategy to restrain the
growth of car use, cannot be relied upon as the sole element of this strategy. Substantial
increases in the cost of car use would be required for having a meaningful change in travel
behavior, technology acquisition, or a restructuring of social activities. This appears to have
insufficient public and political support

How to Cite
MEURS, Henk. Special issue: Land Use and Sustainable Mobility. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, apr. 2002. ISSN 1567-7141. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/ejtir/article/view/3682>. Date accessed: 20 sep. 2019.