The Reader’s Guide to Mobility Culture

  • Tobias Kuhnimhof
  • Gebhard Wulfhorst
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)

In Part One of this book, we have seen ample evidence for the overwhelmingly diverse nature of cities across the world. Despite this diversity, we can distinguish groups of cities that share certain similarities: based on quantifiable characteristics of the urban structure, the transport system, socioeconomic situations and measures of travel behaviour, Priester et al. (see “ Chap. 2” in this book) have clustered cities into six groups ranging from Non-Motorised Cities through Paratransit and Traffic-Saturated Cities to Auto, Transit and Hybrid Cities. This cluster study provides a first step in helping to navigate the diversity of urban transport.

But—based on this cluster study—are we able to understand and explain how transport systems and travel behaviour develop in cities worldwide? Not yet. The clusters provide a typology of metropolises based on measurable indicators. They don’t tell the stories behind these indicators. And the clusters only provide limited insights as regards...


Gross Domestic Product Mobility Behaviour Urban Transport Cluster Study Urban Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tobias Kuhnimhof
    • 1
  • Gebhard Wulfhorst
    • 2
  1. 1.ifmoMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Technisch Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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