Transport today
Views 24 October 2019


You need to get from A to B.
How do you get there? One foot in front of the other, look down and touch the screen of your phone to use an app? And when you get there? Disembark or unlock the screen again.

Most cities plan things in a way as to connect residents to their destinations; some planned for situations relevant to 2000 years ago and some have only been created in the last 200, 100 or 50 years. Future scapes for urban as well as rural spaces are taken into consideration as well as issues the past may have left behind. Daily needs of their communities are usually the drivers behind change or a long worn out road.

According to the European Environment Agency, transport consumes one third of all final energy in the EU. The bulk of this energy comes from oil. This means that transport is responsible for a large share of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and a major contributor to human-induced climate change. Reducing the adverse effects of transport is an important EU policy goal.

  • While less frequent, public transport in city centers is often available throughout the night. Photo: Michael Fousert
  • Post delivery by light electric vehicle, in Erlach, Switzerland. Photo: W. Bulach
  • While unpopular with the locals, electric tuk-tuks are a growing presence on the streets of Lisbon, carrying tourists through the narrow streets of the historic Alfama district. Photo: Ajay Suresh
  • Ferry connecting Corsica with France and Italy, Bastia Harbor, Corsica (France). Photo: Vidar Nordli Mathisen
  • Massive bike parade in Moscow city center, organized by Critical Mass, to promote the bike movement. Photo: DesignYourUniverse
  • Man riding a cargo bicycle with his daughter in Viborg, Denmark. Photo: Vadim Ungureanu
  • From electric cars to shared bikes and scooters, public transport and taxi services: mobility now comes in apps. Photo: Luca Bravo
  • Across India, many rail services offer 'women-only' compartments to prevent harassment. Photo: Jayant Bahel
  • The Shanghai Maglev train is the world's fastest commercially operating train, with a top speed of 431km/hr. Photo: Lars Plougmann
  • London was the first city in the world to inaugurate an electrified underground railroad. The Baker Street Station opened in 1863 and is still in operation today. Photo: Stephen Dawson
  • New York Highline: old rail tracks on the west side of Manhattan have become a walkway and green space for residents and visitors to enjoy. Photo: Robin Stevens
  • The Sail Cargo Alliance unites organizations who share a passion for sail-shipped cargo, and aims to create a healthy transport culture that promotes the preservation of the environment for future generations. Photo: Alfvanbeem
  • LEFT: People enjoy outdoor activities during the car-free day held every Sunday morning in the business district of Jakarta. Photo: AsiaTravel / RIGHT: Huge bicycle parking in the center of Amsterdam, near the Central Station. Photo: S-F