City challenges

30 March 2009  •  Author(s): Jack Short, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum

Today, almost three quarters of the world’s population resides in cities – and this share is increasing. By 2025, it is estimated that there will be 135 cities worldwide with more than four million people.

Cities that provide high quality access and efficient, environmentally and socially sustainable mobility are likely to be more economically successful and better at attracting investment and jobs. Inaccessible and congested cities will be less likely to profit from the benefits that agglomeration provides. There is now a growing realisation that successful cities are clean and accessible, and that a mobility policy is essential for economic and social success – but putting such a policy in place is complex.

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