This chapter addresses the interlinked issues of sustainability and quality of life through a focus on accessibility and the vital role that transport provision plays in it. It starts from the premise that opportunity for social, economic and community participation is a key ingredient in quality of life and that participation depends on accessibility and mobility. It contends that the dependence on private vehicle transport is unstainable—environmentally, economically and socially—and that the provision of good quality public transport is a necessary ingredient in more sustainable and equitable city development.
Evidence is drawn from Melbourne, Australia, to analyse the impact of poor transport provision and diminished mobility options on the quality of life of residents in outer suburbs with considerable social and economic impacts. The research investigates the impact of unsustainable forms of transport and reduced accessibility. It draws on data from case studies in two outer areas of Melbourne and from resident surveys across the city investigating transport accessibility and usage and the impact on resident subjective well-being. Against a background of recent literature, the chapter presents possibilities for changing processes and structures that might offer opportunities to improve the planning and early delivery of transport options.
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