Car-free Housing Estates: Site and Design Considerations



Car-free Housing Estates: Site and Design Considerations

Authors

WOOD C, TransPlan, UK

Description

A large proportion of people still live without cars. In Great Britain, one third of households are 'car-free'. Many people with cars want to be free of the burden of ownership had many in both groups wish to avoid the intrusion of cars into every aspect

Abstract

A large proportion of people still live without cars. In Great Britain, one third of households are 'car-free'. Many people with cars want to be free of the burden of ownership had many in both groups wish to avoid the intrusion of cars into every aspect of life. Car-free residential estates may give many people the chance to achieve these goals. Here, everyone who buys or rents a home on the estate agrees not to keep a ear.

The advantages of living in an area without private cars include peace and quiet, cleaner air, less danger, more greenery and building space, and a better environment for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. As such, encouragement is given, both directly and by example, to less car-dependent lifestyles and a more sustainable transport system.

TransPlan is engaged in on-going research into the development of.car-free residential estates and this paper summarises findings to date. Further detail can be found in Wood (1997). The TransPlan research also forms the theoretical basis to work on the potential for car-free housing in London being carried out by the author at the Centre for Independent Transport Research in London.

Publisher

Association for European Transport