Sustainable Community Transport
Nowadays, more and more people own their own cars, which at first we may think is convenient, but is it really? What does it do for us? Do we really need so many cars?
A sustainable community is a place where people want to live and work now and in the future, it meets the diverse needs of existing and future residents, it is environmentally sensitive contributing to a better quality of life, it is carefully planned, built and operated in a safe and inclusive manner – providing equal opportunities and good services for all.( Thomas Telford, 2006)
Fig.1.0. Sustainable Community Transport
In designing this term’s site I have tried to integrate sustainable transport into the community, this is not a forced integration, to make it part of the community requires an effort to understand the history, needs and culture of the community etc.Sustainable transport can reduce car pollution and lower travel costs, while opening up more possibilities for communities.
Communities are an essential element of every city, profoundly influencing its development and future. Many traditional communities are initially designed with clear boundaries to urban functions, with urban infrastructures that do not connect to the community and an imbalance of jobs and homes, resulting in residents spending a lot of time commuting across long distances, while at the same time generating a lot of pollution. Some traditional communities have outgrown their original massing in time and rely heavily on car travel, leaving a gap for diverse public transport provision that is less friendly to non-car commuters.
Compared to traditional communities, sustainable transport low carbon communities can improve residents’ access to urban public transport by designing rational functional areas, providing employment opportunities, convenient transport system through planning, improving the ornamental and playful nature of urban streets, energy saving and emission reduction.
Fig.1.1. Cycle parking
While we are designing these interesting modes of transport, accordingly we need to think about some of the features that might be needed along with them, such as cycle centres, tram charging, etc.At the same time the different functional areas require relative and reasonable parking spaces to provide maximum convenience for green travel.
I hope that this is not a false form, but a practical design that can really bring convenience and benefits to the community, to people. It will bring convenience to people, save them money on travel costs and make our environment less and less polluted.
1.Institution of Civil Engineers. Sustainable Transport Conference. London: Thomas Telford, 2006. Web.