Connected Sustainable Cities by William J. Mitchell and Federico Casalegno
Connected Sustainable Cities - Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Illustrated Scenarios
Illustrated Scenarios

Moving Around the City

In modern cities, the largest users of energy are the climate control systems of buildings (heating, cooling, and lighting) and the mobility systems people use to get around from place to place. In small settlements, the consumption of energy for mobility was much less significant, since distances were short and movement was mainly on foot. But in today’s cities, the distances are much greater, there are many economic, social, and cultural reasons to move around, and the use of mechanized transportation – particularly the gasoline-powered private automobile – means that every mile of travel consumes a significant amount of energy, contributes to carbon emissions and global warming, and adds to road traffic and parking congestion. Connected cities provide many ways to reduce the energy and other resources consumed in daily movement. The following scenarios illustrate a few of the most promising.