Report: We’ll never address climate change without making it possible for people to drive less

Smart Growth America discusses how We’ll never address climate change without making it possible for people to drive less.

With transportation accounting for the largest share of carbon emissions in the U.S., we’ll never achieve ambitious climate targets or create more livable and equitable communities if we don’t find ways to allow people to get around outside of a car—or provide more housing in places where that’s already an option. Our new report shows how we can reach those targets while building a more just and equitable society.

We need a different set of solutions to pair with one day being able to convert our current gas-powered vehicle fleet to electricity. Driving Down Emissions, a new report from Transportation for America and Smart Growth America, explores how our land-use and transportation decisions are inextricably connected, and unpacks five strategies that can make a significant dent in the growth of emissions while building a more just and equitable society:

  1. Getting onerous government regulations out of the way of providing more homes where people naturally drive less;
  2. Making safety the top priority for street design to encourage walking, biking, and shorter driving trips;
  3. Instituting GHG reduction and less driving as goals of the transportation system;
  4. Investing heavily in other options for getting around, and;
  5. Prioritizing access to destinations.

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