I will also have to take into account the financial constraints and public inconveniences, such as road closures that may result and put unacceptable strain on the functioning of the city. A common suggestion to relieve city centre was to simply build more car parks. Although this seems a simple solution, it does not completely solve the problem. One of the main advantages to doing this is that commuters and visiting tourists and shoppers are able to park their car somewhere safe. In addition, it would probably relieve congestion in the city centre considerably.
Actually, sustainable development can partly solve the urbanization problems, for it can reduce the impact of the problems such as traffic jam, housing shortage and severe pollution, but it is difficult to completely solve these problems in a short time. Traffic jam Traffic jam is one of the most serious problems of urbanization, almost all the modern cities are facing different levels of traffic jam problems. In general, people can ease the traffic jam and not compromise the quality of life by a policy of sustainable development in two aspects including formulating a more efficient transport pattern and changing the urban construction. For formulating a more efficient transport pattern, there are some specific strategies. Firstly, government can encourage people to pay more attention to public transit.
Road pricing can solve congestion Congestion pricing or placing a fee for the use of roads that could be highly congested is also a means of generating revenue and can be an effective measure to reduce congestion in areas prone to high congestion levels (Maria Borjesson, Jonas Eliasson, Muriel Hugosson and Karin Brundel-Freij 2012). Congestion pricing can also attempt to make other transport options such as public transport more appealing to road users as it would be expensive to operate your own vehicle rather than to make use of public transport. By doing so, air pollution could also be decreased as there are less vehicles on the roads. Many users will be discouraged to use certain roads as they need to pay to use them, and may find alternative routes or change the times at which they usually travel. This decreases congestion and the roads will be used for longer periods of time and will not be only focused at specific intervals resulting in high congestion... ... middle of paper ... ...ssageway for emergency vehicles as they cannot pass to reach victims in time.
Parking, which may seem like a minor issue, has direct effects on traffic, local businesses, and the atmosphere. Parking is also an important factor to consider when planning any urban setup. As incorrect pricing leads to negative consequences such as increase in air pollution, traffic jams, and unreasonable usage of space in
Public transportation and driving own car both shares differences and similarities in many aspects, such as facility, cost, and comfort as well as traffic jam and accident occurrence. First of all, the difference is in the facility or convenience. Travelling on public transport could be a waste of time due to waiting for the bus especially in the rush hours’ time. It is quite hard to wait for a bus and whenever there is an urgent work and you have to reach somewhere in a hurry, you might get late due to waiting for a long period. In contrast to traveling on public transportation, driving your own car is more convenient and reliable.
The most outstanding urban transportation issues in the United States are: traffic congestion, longer commuting, inadequacy of public transport, green transportation difficulty, and good distribution (Rodrigue). Many of these problems occur because of the United States’ dependency on the automobile. Statistics show that when given the choice, individuals prefer using an automobile due to its convenience, comfort, and speed. Also, it is shown that many households have more than one automobile (U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey). Automobile dependency is caused by underpricing and planning and investment practices by cities (Rodrique).
Why not let this light shine down on to our wonderful hometown? Columbia is a busy crowded city that tends to clutter with traffic on a daily basis. What would be the results of introducing mass public transit to the city of Columbia? Instead of personal automobiles you would have taxis and subways to work along side the active bus system. How would this effect the city on an economic level, an en... ... middle of paper ... ... be ways for individuals to get around but it isn't always to the benefit of the greater good.
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background Population growth is a great concern in urban areas. As the population grows, the number of car also increases and the demand for parking spaces rises. Even though more parking facilities are built, there are still several problems in utilization. A major problem involves the time wasted searching for parking places, which not only causes road congestion and irate drivers searching for empty parking spaces, but has a big negative impact on the environment. Clearly, a solution is needed that will be hassle free for the parking users.
Traffic cameras may be a costly and annoying safety feature for motorways but the benefits they can provide greatly outweigh the inconveniences they cause. The dangerous act of speeding is a daily occurrence and a really scary thought are the people who speed through residential neighborhoods or past schools. Speed cameras are valuable tools to help stem people from speeding in these locations. The ever so dangerous intersections are made safer thanks to cameras being in place to scare people from carelessly trying to beat a red light. With a smaller police force, it becomes harder to catch dangerous drivers and that’s where traffic cameras come in; they make roadways safer and provide an income boost to towns that employ them.
The congestion in and around these areas impacts on both commuter movements and freight travel, with delays established as a regular cause of frustration for many motorists (Davidson, 2010, pp2). Therefore, the principle impact of introducing a new crossing over the river Don will be a transport impact, specifically of a reduction in congestion with minimal negative environmental, economic or social impacts. However, the core of Aberdeen’s congestion problems is due to the allowance of suburban growth and the expansion of satellite settlements. With this comes the overwhelming reliance on the car as transport for access to the city centre for employment, education and services (Patterson & Rogers, 2011, pp2). The preferred solution, proposed by Aberdeen City Council to ease congestion at the two locations, is to continue the same policies that have created the current problem in the first instance; continued car provision.