In the rapidly-urbanizing cities of the global south, the majority of people travel by foot, bicycle, or transit, yet the majority of transport spending and design goes to roads, parking, and other infrastructure for private cars.

Low-income groups in which women, children, the disabled and the elderly are disproportionately represented, have been pushed to the periphery of cities by high housing costs, and by displacement of informal settlements and social housing. This makes increasingly necessary transit and access to the city even more difficult, and prevents those vulnerable groups from accessing the social, cultural, and economic opportunities of their cities. ITDP supports integrated urban places should be designed to bring people, activities, buildings, and public space together with easy walking and cycling connections and transit service close by. Designing cities with inclusive access to all to local and citywide opportunities supports economic growth and prosperity across groups and incomes.


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