DECONGEST THE CITY //the process//
by NOUR TABET
PHASE//ONE The Brief
//BREAKING POINT The Movie
In the States, cycling is still for the most part recreational. In Copenhagen, though, perhaps the world’s most bicycle-friendly city, 36 percent of commuters rode to work in 2003, 33 percent used public transit, and 27 percent drove. But Copenhagen’s streets
3 billion people—half the world’s population—live in cities. Twohaven’t always been so balanced: In theof1970s, thirds of all people will live in cities by 2050. (In 1800, only 2% people lived in cities and towns. In 1950, only 30% the world when bike riding was at of an all-time low, the city’s population was urban.) traffic-congested downtown resembled American Almost 180,000 people move into cities each day. of the same Yet unlike their American 60 million people move into citiescities each year in era. developing councounterparts, who tried to solve congestion by buildtries. This rate of movement will continue for the next 30 years Over the next 15 to 20 years, many in Africa Asiatook willan alternative ing cities more roads, Danishand planners double in size. approach: they tried to reduce the number of cars.
Traffic Congestion and Congestion Pricing PRECEDENTS Copenhagen Cycling CITY EFFORTS Mumbai, Bangalore, Ghana...