by Cyprine Odada, SLOCAT-VREF Young Leader in Sustainable Transport
The LEDS GP Transport Working Group is publishing a series of papers co-authored by young people from around the world on sustainable recovery for the transport sector: Leveraging insights from COVID-19 response measures to drive more sustainable, inclusive and resilient transport systems. Cyprine Odada co-authored this paper highlights how cities can increase employment opportunities by investing in sustainable transport and mobility systems.
Efficient transport systems have a positive multiplier effect and lead to better accessibility to markets, employment, additional investments, and higher quality of life. The downside of transport is its adverse environmental and health impacts, including air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. It can also provoke road accidents, excessive levels of noise, heavy congestion, social exclusion, reduced opportunities for physical activity, etc. In light of these negative impacts, several cities are pushing for Green Transport Policies that encourage the use of electric vehicles, public transport, walking and cycling.
As the paper “Job Creation Through Green Transport” argues, a chain of employment opportunities can be generated from investing in green transport and as a result of the continued successive re-spending on the local economy. Case studies include examples from public transport and the cycling industry in India and the United States.
This paper was co-authored by Cyprine Odada, and Chris Dekki, Angela Enriquez and Nikola Medimorec from the LEDS Transport Working Group.
Download the paper here.