Traffic and transport within the urban area – present, detail

Present. Traffic and transport within the urban area.

Public transport is dominated by cars and motorcycles, with some buses visible. Delivery vans are scattered throughout.

There are parking lots in the plaza that are quite full, but are still orderly.

Power cables around the street run overhead, so trees need to be cut back so as not to interfere—the priority is the power cables.

Non-car traffic is at a disadvantage, and must weave amongst pedestrians. Car parking takes up a lot of city real estate and increases congestion.

Traffic and transport within the urban area – dystopia, detail

Dystopia. Traffic and transport within the urban area.

Parking lots are full and also have underground spaces, so there are tail-backs to getting out of them. Some cars are double-parked or broken down, choking streets even more. Many delivery vans are on the street with the cars; motorcycles have boomed because of the traffic.

There’s a lot of smog. The road has potholes because of excessive traffic and limited resources to maintain the now enormous network.

Pedestrians need to wear masks to reduce respiratory problems. There are few pedestrians in any event—everyone has to get around by car.

Power cables have multiplied around the street, looking like a spiderweb from the posts to the buildings. This has meant that the trees are completely cut back.

Food and necessities must be acquired through larger delivery vans, or by transport to shopping areas in more isolated areas with cheaper real estate, where the site’s isolation, big car parks, and people loitering cause a security risk.

Traffic and transport within the urban area – eutopia, detail

Eutopia. Traffic and transport within the urban area.

Fewer cars, but the number of delivery vans is maintained; deliveries are also going to the plaza.

Power cables are now underground, so the only overhead cables are for trams.

Non-car traffic has its own space, and most vehicles on roads are either delivery vehicles (of different sizes), or buses and taxis—there’s less need for private cars.

There’s considerably less space allocated to long-term car parking; car charging ports are easy to find.

The air is clean. People stroll and little kiosks for food are seen for pedestrian and low-intensity mobility throughout the city.

There is security (police, lighting) throughout the city so as to convey a sense of security in the multiple mobility scenarios.