WHEN: February 21, 2012 • 5:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Tuesdays at APA-DC, APA’s Washington Office, 1030 15th St., NW Suite 750W, Washington, DC
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Travel Behavior, Transport Policy, and Sustainable Transport in Germany and the U.S.
Reliance on the automobile for most trips contributes to costly trends like pollution, oil dependence, congestion, and obesity. Germany and the U.S. have among the highest motorization rates in the world. Yet Germans make a four times higher share of trips by foot, bike, and public transport and drive for a 25 percent lower share of trips.
This presentation investigates daily travel behavior in the two countries and then examines the transport and land-use policies in Germany over the last 40 years that have encouraged more walking, bicycling, and public transport use.
Using a case study of policy changes in the German city of Freiburg, the talk identifies policies that are transferable to car-oriented countries around the world.