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The next urban mobility revolution

By José Viegas, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD

Cities are where it all happens. They provide personal and economic opportunities for billions of people that simply can’t be found outside densely populated areas. Cities make it easier to find jobs or get a good education; there’s more choice in products to buy and activities to pursue; more like-minded people to meet, work with, and befriend.

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Well-working cities can be engines of economic prosperity as well as drivers for social inclusion. Yet their success can also be their undoing. In many emerging economies, the new urban middle class is using higher incomes to buy cars–which bring cities to a halt and make them less liveable.

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