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Greenways and Sustainable Urban Mobility Systems

Zawawi, Abdulrahman A.; Porter, Nicole; Ives, Christopher D.


Abdulrahman A. Zawawi

Nicole Porter

Associate Professor


Rahma M. Doheim

Alshimaa Aboelmakarem Farag

Ehab Kamel


This chapter describes how greenways can be a constituent of sustainable urban mobility (SUM) systems that reduce automobile dependence while simultaneously having positive environmental and social co-benefits. It begins by providing a brief background on the harmful effects of automobile dependency. A chronological review of the evolution of greenways as a typology, divided into five generations starting from pre-1900 until today, demonstrates how various economic, political, environmental, and social factors have shaped blue-green corridors in different cities, mainly in English-speaking countries. The discussion then focuses on the integration process between greenways and SUM planning, as well as highlighting some of the planning challenges and opportunities of (re)developing greenways to support as non-motorized transport corridors. By critically analyzing the evolution of greenways in relation to urban mobility and their integration process, this chapter supports green space, transport, and design professionals to work toward a shared vision of sustainable cities.


Zawawi, A. A., Porter, N., & Ives, C. D. (2020). Greenways and Sustainable Urban Mobility Systems. In R. M. Doheim, A. A. Farag, & E. Kamel (Eds.), Humanizing cities through car-free city development and transformation (32-71). IGI Global.

Acceptance Date May 5, 2020
Publication Date Jun 12, 2020
Deposit Date Aug 6, 2020
Publisher IGI Global
Pages 32-71
Series Title Advances in mechatronics and mechanical engineering
Book Title Humanizing cities through car-free city development and transformation
Chapter Number 2
ISBN 9781799835073
Keywords Non-motorized Transport, Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Development, Mobility Corridors, Walkability, Landscape Architecture, Public Open Spaces, Urbanism
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