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Three Steps to Tackle Traffic Deadlock: How the 'Avoid-Shift-Improve' Model Can Get Cities Moving Again

Different kinds of vehicles are seen gridlocked in the streets. In Asia and the Pacific, the rapid growth in the number of vehicles is the principal cause of traffic congestion although driver behavior and police enforcement are factors as well. Photo credit: Abir Abdullah/ADB.
Different kinds of vehicles are seen gridlocked in the streets. In Asia and the Pacific, the rapid growth in the number of vehicles is the principal cause of traffic congestion although driver behavior and police enforcement are factors as well. Photo credit: Abir Abdullah/ADB.

It takes just three steps--avoid, shift, and improve--for Asia's cities to solve their growing traffic gridlocks and get them moving again.

Introduction

Half the world's 23 megacities are in Asia, and many of these have expanded far beyond their carrying capacity. The region is also home to over 6,000 cities with over 200,000 inhabitants, many of which also experience their own traffic management challenges.  The region's vehicle fleets have expanded rapidly, too, in many cities more than doubling over the past decade. This has brought many once-dynamic urban areas to a virtual standstill. The "Avoid-Shift-Improve" model promotes alternative mobility solutions and sustainable transport systems in order to tackle gridlock and get cities moving again.


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  • Lloyd Wright   
    Senior Transport Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

   Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mexico, Myanmar, People's Republic of China, Transport
   Last updated: August 2016

 




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