Rights and claims for metropolitan mobility · Issue Paper #10 · Metropolis Observatory

Date of publication
Author
Floridea Di Ciommo
Topic
Sustainability
Metropolitan Governance
Urban development & Infrastructures
Mobility and transport
Type of resources
Issue Papers
Cities have grown widely during the last decades as metropolitan areas expanded due to the migration of people and workplaces towards them. A larger city means that its inhabitants need more time to go to their jobs, to leisure spaces or to do other activities such as care and house management, and yet the universal right for affordable, secure and sustainable transportation still doesn't exist.

Women are the most affected by the building of a transport system that is mostly focused around work hours, even though mobility of care, mostly done by this group, represents nearly 40% of the trips while work ones are only 20%. Elderly people, people with functional diversity and minors are other citizens affected by this discrimination.

The differences between the global North and South are also notable. While the 20 metropolitan areas that emit more CO2 are mostly in the global North, none of those is in the list of the 20 with the most polluted air. The private automobile continues to be promoted in some major cities instead of other ecological means of transportation.

Cities have to balance the needs for mobility among their citizens through participative programs, analysing the demands and satisfaction of its performance and coordinating with other administrations. Floridea Di Ciommo, the author of the number 10 of the series of Issue Papers, highlights some keys to manage these issues.