Sustainable Transport – Are we doing enough?

It is a fact that the quantity and number of fossil fuels are finite. The consumption of oil, coal and gas has increased over the years because of industrialization and increase in population. Our modes of transportation all favour the use of these fuels and if we do not find alternative fuels soon, we are likely to exhaust all our reserves. These fuels are also the cause of major air pollution all around the world and the need of the hour is to urgently look for sustainable modes of transport which reduce the use of such fuels to make our environment healthy.

Many cities around the world are trying to bring in sustainable modes of transport to combat the air pollution and traffic congestion problems. Sustainable modes of transport would be the ones which use technology and fuels which are infinite like the electric trams, trains, bicycles, hybrid buses and cars, etc. Municipal Corporations worldwide are actively planning and budgeting for the newer modes of transport which are not only sustainable but also affordable.

Cities are laying out train and tram tracks, building wider roads, making more walkways and bicycle tracks to increase the usage of public transportation which can be cheaper and more sustainable. With the associated health benefits, citizens can also care for their health as well as fulfil their social responsibility. Using sustainable transport will also reduce the carbon footprints to give our future generations a healthier, cleaner world. For instance, in Dublin biking tracks and bike racks have been integrated with the LUAS transport system so that commuters can choose a more socially responsible way of travel. They can commute to the nearest tram station by bike, park the bike in the parking racks and take the tram to their place of work. By using this mode of transportation, they are reducing the traffic congestion in business districts, improving their health and saving money.

The bicycle tracks and walkways can work wonders to encourage sustainable transport initiatives for shorter distances while the electric vehicles can be the mass produced vehicles of the future. We need to encourage concepts like car sharing, car pooling, metro buses and rails if we are serious about improving our environment and lessening the impact of fossil fuels on our climate. It would take a concerted effort from everyone, including the lawmakers and public at large, to ensure a reduction in gas emissions, roadways congestion and lowering the infrastructure costs.