Perspectives on Mobility Cultures in Megacities

  • Gebhard Wulfhorst
  • Jeff Kenworthy
  • Sven Kesselring
  • Martin Lanzendorf
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


Megacities are facing multiple challenges in urban mobility, linked to energy scarcity and climate change, unprecedented urbanisation and suburbanisation, as well as local issues of social and spatial inequalities, traffic impacts on health, severe congestion, conflicts over urban space and complex regional governance tasks. This chapter explores how megacities can address these issues to create well-functioning mobility systems, while simultaneously enhancing their liveability, economic performance and sustainability. Every city is unique and complex, so there is no one simple solution. It is argued here, however, that the mobility culture concept helps us to navigate a path through this complexity and find suitable mobility solutions in each city. Some key outcomes of the mobility culture research and workshop exchanges are discussed in terms of local policies for challenges, urban structure and transport supply, the critical value of urban space, travel demand management and creative processes in urban mobility development. Appropriate local strategies have to be developed by communities in a bottom-up and top-down approach.


Public Transport Urban Space Travel Demand Transport Infrastructure Parking Space 
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We would like to thank all the fellows and experts within the fellowship programme ‘Mobility Culture in Megacities’ for the rich exchange and discussion that took place both within the group and in the workshops. This has been a fruitful experience for all of us.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gebhard Wulfhorst
    • 1
  • Jeff Kenworthy
    • 2
  • Sven Kesselring
    • 3
  • Martin Lanzendorf
    • 4
  1. 1.Chair of urban structure and transport planningTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP)Curtin UniversityPerthWestern Australia
  3. 3.Technische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  4. 4.Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.FrankfurtGermany

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