In strategic transport planning we consider cross effects between different forms of transport, as well as the cross effects between traffic and socio-economic developments. The product »city transport« is right at the heart of the communal strategic transport planning as an inherent precondition for a sustainable development and for the securing of access to environment friendly mobility for all parts of society.
Cars, motorcycles, public transport, bicycles and walking are not considered as competing forms of transport, but rather as indispensable parts of an integrated masterplan. For example, it would be impossible to avoid gridlocks in accumulation centres without a functioning short-distance public transport system.
We do not consider strategic transport plannning as a reaction to an unavoidable development, but as the conscious design of the development process. To judge possible options, we have developed tools to depict the effects of different scenarios. This allows us to give the relevant policymakers the necessary decision aids. Examples of our criteria to determine the various scenarios are:
Ease of access to all existing and planned housing and trading areas,
Avoiding travel, through a better town planning (for example by reducing distances between home, the workplace and school),
Providing the necessary capacity in the whole transport network for the demands of both the population and the economy,
macro-economically sensible division of the demand to the various forms of transport, while taking into account the various needs,
Compliance with environmental standards and
The sustainable financing of the road network and short-distance public transport.
As part of our research project »local use of public transport«, we have researched the effects of different strategies on the future development of the traffic system as a whole, consisting of the road network and public Transport with regards to controlling measures for several reference areas.