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Livable Streets Transportation Hiearchy

Originally seen on the Transportation Alternatives website, this image/symbol/concept is often known as the ‘Green Transportation Hierarchy’ because it is consistent with ‘green’/sustainability principles — that is, the top end of the pyramid (walking) is the most energy/land use/material-efficient transportation method, and (non-human-powered) single-occupancy vehicles are the least efficient.

But this ‘green’ concept hides another important aspect of the hierarchy — is it the best way to design livable streets and livable communities — and allowing people to get around under their own power is consistent with a human rights view of transportation, so this reason may trump both the ‘green’ and ‘livable’ aspects of this hierarchy. It can, in fact, be called the ‘Human Rights View of Transportation Hierarchy’.

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