Society and public authorities need to search for innovative ways to handle how transportation of goods and humans in urban areas affects and impacts a positive sustainable development in future urban planning.
Urban population growth is driving an increase in the amount of freight that goes into and out of cities.
An expected global growth related to food security, health, energy, economic growth, infrastructure, and cities and human settlements in the years to come poses an increasing challenge to urban planning e.g. freight and human transportation.
In smaller compact cities with difficult topology, which is typical for most Norwegian cities and numerous cities abroad. This transportation challenge is exacerbated by phenomena such as an increase in internet trade, the demand for fast delivery, and a reduction in the ownership of private cars in the city center which could be used for shopping.
The result is an increase in the total volume of freight, and more critically, in the total number of deliveries, normally managed by a large variety of transportation companies. Unless planned for and regulated, a consequence might be increased traffic, with enhanced energy consumption, that competes for available space and may affect living conditions for a growing urban population.
Hence, to respond to this challenge, public authorities need to search for innovative ways to handle the substantial increase in the number of deliveries and how transportation of goods and humans in urban areas affects and impacts a sustainable development and future urban planning.
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