The Health Cost of Transport in Cities

Stefan Gössling, Jessica Nicolosi, Todd Litman

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Purpose of Review: The study aims to provide an understanding of health cost assessments of different transport modes in urban contexts, and their relevance for transport planning and political decision-making. Recent Findings: There is strong evidence that motorized transportation imposes a high health cost on society, and specifically children. In contrast, active transport is a very significant health benefit. Summary: Economic analyses support urban change in favor of compact neighborhoods and public transit, as well as infrastructure exclusively devoted to active transport. Private cars need to be restricted because of the high cost they impose on society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196–201
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Environmental Health Reports
Issue number2
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health
  • Transport Systems and Logistics


  • Active transport
  • Cities, Cost-benefit analysis
  • Cycling, Transport policy
  • Urban planning


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