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University College London

Transforming Urban Mobility: Components of Transport Planning for Sustainable Cities

University College London and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit via FutureLearn

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Discover how urban transport can be made more sustainable

Good transport systems and projects are critical to the development of sustainable cities.

On this course, you’ll consider the Avoid-Shift-Improve (ASI) framework – particularly the ‘Shift’ and ‘Improve’ dimensions – as key components of a sustainable urban mobility strategy.

Learn why sustainable cities are important

As cities grow, transport and city planners have to identify how to reduce emissions in an urban landscape still dominated by cars.

Creating transport systems that encourage sustainable travel behaviours is crucial. You’ll learn how to improve public transport, walking and cycling and how to improve the environmental impact of vehicles.

Explore the future of urban mobility

You’ll examine some of the key components of sustainable urban mobility, including the instruments of traffic demand management and the different types of public transport, including metro, tramway, bus rapid transit, cable car, and other means of travel.

Understand traffic management and streetscape design

You’ll consider the role of active mobility and streetscape design and the potential of vehicle technologies to improve environmental performance.

Finally, you’ll come away able to identify how effective decision-making and participatory processes help us to develop innovative transport strategies.

This course is intended for transport and city planning practitioners in the Global South, including in Africa, South America, and Asia. This includes academics, researchers, students, and those working in national and city authorities, consultancies, and civil society.

It will have wider interest for other interested stakeholders and members of the public, including for those in the Global North. Indeed, it will be of interest for anyone who is keen to understand how sustainable urban mobility can support the planning of great cities.

This course follows on from Transforming Urban Mobility: Introduction to Transport Planning for Sustainable Cities. We recommend you complete that course before this one.


  • Welcome to the components of sustainable urban mobility
    • Welcome to the course
    • Introducing our course team and fellow learners
    • Learning with us
    • Using the different elements of the ASI framework
    • TDM in practice
    • Bringing it all together
  • Public Transport
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Public transport usage
    • Metro, LRT and tramways
    • BRT systems
    • Cable car systems
    • Informal transport
    • Bringing it all together
  • Walking, Public Space and Cycling
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Walking and public space
    • Cycling
    • Bringing it all together
  • Low emission vehicles
    • Welcome to Week 4
    • Cleaning the vehicle fleet
    • A low emission bus fleet
    • Bringing it all together
  • Decision-making process and participation
    • Welcome to Week 5
    • A progressive approach for sustainable urban mobility
    • Improving participatory approaches to decision making
    • Bringing it all together

Taught by

Robin Hickman


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    This is one of the best courses that I come across.As a professional in Road Safety I would be interested in joining this course.It plays a role in saving life hence reduce economical spending where such resources can be directed towards developments.

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