|Reducing Dependence on the Motor Vehicle
Reducing dependence on the motor vehicle is an essential strategy for reducing air pollution from personal transportation. This strategy requires a rethinking of the way our communities are designed, and will result in countless benefits for our communities, and for our environment.
Major themes to be addressed are:
1. The land use - transportation connection
Land use and transportation decisions are intimately connected; improvements in one will promote more effective decision making in the other.
Land use decisions, such as the expansion of low-density suburban areas, profoundly affect transportation choices and consequently, our air quality as well. Similarly, wiser policy choices concerning the role of the transit service, municipal zoning laws, and how transportation dollars are invested will encourage more sustainable land use options.
2. Creating complete communities and reduced car dependency
There are several steps that governments can take to improve transportation choices, reduce reliance on the car, and encourage more complete urban developments.
These options include: