Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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TOWARDS LIVABLE CITIES: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AS A PROACTIVE TOOL FOR REDUCING THE CITY CONGESTION.
Mahmoud Yousef Ghoneem

Last modified: 2015-11-07

Abstract


Everyone complains about being stuck in traffic, but no one seems to do anything about it. In Cairo Traffic congestion and delays are going from bad to worse; when making a trip during peak hours, one should expect at least double the normal travel time. Moreover speeds on some local roads in central Cairo are even worse, sometimes making it faster to make short trips on foot. The economic costs of congestion are beyond travel delays, and they include wasted fuel, health impacts due to poor air quality and accidents, and impacts on economic productivity. Congestion reduces Egyptians’ quality of life and also has environmental costs. The waste of energy in gridlocked traffic and the production of greenhouse gases and other pollutants are harmful to the Egyptian environment. For all those reasons Cairo now among the unlivable cities.

The main objective of this paper is to present a new vision that helps to reduce the pressure and congestion within the Greater Cairo city. We must realize here that the effects/impacts of congestion are obvious, but its causes are complex. Thus the study will begin with Assessing the current status of Cairo (which is considered one of the world's busiest cities, whether populated or in terms of traffic), and presenting the Potential Synergies and Conflicts between Current Situation and what we are aiming to.