Sustainable Transportation & Health
Changing Track considers cycling and walking crucial in improving the health of citizens. In addition to these active transportation modes, we regard public transit and car sharing as sustainable means to reduce the dependency on the private car. Our worldwide experience shows that a city's attractiveness and livability are closely linked to offering people good transportation choices and sufficient opportunities for physical activities. Changing Track is making the connection between transportation and tackling health problems caused by poor air quality, noise, and also obesity.
How do people move around a city? Do all citizens have good and equal access to urban services? What are the transportation options to commute to work or school? Can good urban mobility planning make cities more attractive for business investments and talent acquisition? How can new technologies help in optimizing the transportation system and connecting citizens and businesses?
Changing Track offers a wide range of services addressing these (and other) questions. Based on our international experience, we develop plans and implement innovative solutions that improve the accessibility to urban services, offer feasible alternatives to the car, improve safety and security, and improve the quality-of-life and attractiveness of cities.
The debate about climate change often refers to the impacts of natural disasters. Events such as droughts, floods, and periods of extreme heat or cold occur more frequently and severly. Cities and their institutions, businesses, and citizens - rightly so - see a need to be better prepared for the occurances of such potentially catastrophic events.
Urban resilience goes beyond being prepared and able to adapt to natural hazards. It also refers to potential disease outbreaks, terror attacks, as well as 'chronic stresses' such as high unemployment, chronic food and water shortages, the exclusion of vulnerable citizen groups from accessing basic urban services, and ailing transportation infrastructure.
Changing Track supports cities, organizations, and communities in the development of strategies and plans, helps win and manage projects, evaluates project results and impacts, and finds meaningful solutions to challenges in the thematic areas of mobility, sustainable transportation & health, and urban resilience.
At Changing Track, we believe that improving urban resilience requires thoughtful strategic planning across sectors (transportation, land use, health, energy, water, waste, climate change adaptation, urban develoment, etc.). Urban resilience planning demands good cooperation between and within institutions. It also calls for the participation and collaboration of relevant urban stakeholder groups. Changing Track offers its internationally-acquired expertise in spearheading and implementing integrated management and collaborative urban planning approaches.