This book sets out a road map for the provision of urban access for all. For most of the last century cities have followed a path of dependency on car dominated urban transport favouring the middle classes. Urban Access for the 21st Century seeks to change this. Policies need to be more inclusive of the accessibility needs of the urban poor. Change requires redesigning the existing public finance systems that support urban mobility. The aim is to diminish their embedded biases towards automobile-based travel.
Through a series of chapters from international contributors, the book brings together expertise from different fields. It shows how small changes can incentivize large positive developments in urban transport and create truly accessible cities.
1. Introduction: The Challenge of Financing Urban Access 2. Towards a Political-Economics of Finance for Urban Access 3. Social Inequalities in Urban Access: Better Ways of Assessing Transport Improvements 4. Access as a Social Good and as an Economic Good: Is There a Need for a Paradigm Shift? 5. Opportunities for Transport Financing through New Technologies: State of the Art and Research Needs 6. Assessing the Diversity of Schemes for Financing Urban Access and Mobility 7. Public Transport - The Challenge of Formal and Informal Systems 8. Reflections on the Usefulness of Accessibility as a Lens 9. Accessibility and Transportation Funding 10. Technology and Information Technology: Living with and Paying for Sustainable Access