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Ensuring sustainable mobility in urban periphery, rural areas and remote regions

The use of sustainable transport modes, such as walking, cycling and public transport, is typically high in urban areas compared urban peripheries, rural areas and remote regions. In urban areas, high-frequency public transport services are found, combined with New Mobility Services such as car sharing and bike sharing that serve as alternatives to private motorized vehicles. Also, land-use and transport integration and diffusion of goal-oriented transport planning have led to uptakes of the use of sustainable transport modes.
On the contrary, in urban peripheries, rural areas and remote regions, reduction of automobile-dependency is becoming increasingly challenging in light of the climate goals (e.g. greenhouse gas reduction), socio-demographic transitions (e.g. ageing of society), and regional economies (e.g. industrial policy). While intercity transport has attracted much attention in transport research, everyday mobility in urban peripheries, rural areas and remote regions is a rather unexplored area of transport research attracting less attention. 

With this topical collection we look for a wide range of topics from national and regional strategies to concrete services, from theoretical approaches to practical approaches, and from general macroscopic perspectives to specific user groups.

Edited by: Guenter Emberger (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)  |  Yacan Wang (Beijing Jiaotong University, China)  |  Takeru Shibayama (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)


  1. The purpose of this study is to look into patronage effects of extended supply outside peak hours on regional public transport services. Previous studies have shown that the service frequency is an attribute o...

    Authors: Joel Hansson, Fredrik Pettersson-Löfstedt, Helena Svensson and Anders Wretstrand
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2022 14:19
  2. Cycling is a climate-friendly means of transport that enables people to reduce their use of motorized transport and makes human settlements more inclusive and resilient. In Italy, the development of cycling ha...

    Authors: Beatrice Scappini, Veronica Zucca, Italo Meloni and Francesco Piras
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2022 14:10