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Urban transport consumes 40% of total transport energy. It is estimated that 50bn tonnes of CO2 will be emitted by urban transport in the next 30 years if current motorisation trends are not reversed. However, many countries across the world, including most EASST partner countries, are still undergoing rapid motorization and construction of new high-speed roads, which is only exacerbating the problem.

One of the quickest and most effective ways of decreasing emissions from motorized transport and reducing the reliance on fuel is to “invite people back to the streets” by improving access to more sustainable modes of travel – including public transport, walking and cycling.

Supporting communities to move away from a reliance on car travel not only brings environmental benefits. It also promotes social equity and reduces exposure to road risk more widely.

In 2023, the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week called on governments and stakeholders to #RethinkMobility – focusing on the need to shift to alternative modes of transport and highlighting that “road safety is both a prerequisite for and an outcome of this shift.”

Across the EASST region, reducing speed limits to 30km/h is an essential first step for many countries ‘rethinking mobility’ in terms of a shift away from car dominance towards prioritising the safety of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

Reclaiming Space for Walking and Cycling in Central Asia

With the support of the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme and in collaboration with Global Youth Coalition on Road Safety we have been implementing a long-term project since 2020 to reclaim space for walking and cycling in Central Asia. The initiative aims to mobilise young people across Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in advocating for a shift away from motorised travel towards zero-carbon active mobility and giving youth a voice when it comes to planning and decision making around sustainable urban mobility.

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