By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, up from about 50 percent today. Over the same period, more than two billion people are likely to enter the middle class, with the majority of them living in cities in emerging markets, particularly China. The number of megacities with more than ten million people will continue to grow.
Many people entering the global middle class will want to buy cars: automobile sales are expected to increase from about 70 million a year in 2010 to 125 million by 2025, with more than half forecasted to be bought in cities. Some automotive analysts have gone as far as predicting that on the existing trajectory, today’s 1.2 billion strong global car fleet could double by 2030.
The existing urban infrastructure cannot support such an increase in vehicles on the road. Congestion is already close to unbearable in many cities and can cost as much as 2 to 4 percent of national GDP, by measures such as lost time, wasted fuel, and increased cost of doing business. Transport creates emissions of greenhouse gases; smog presents serious public-health concerns. The World Health Organization estimated in 2014 that seven million premature deaths are attributable to air pollution, and a significant share is the result of urban transit.
However, the future does not have to be this way.
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Thirty-seven percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted, up slightly from 30% last decade but four times greater than the 9% found in 1995. These results are based on Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll, conducted Aug. 5-9. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at In U.S., Telecommuting for Work Climbs to … Continue reading
Telecommuting continues to gain traction in workplaces around the country and the world, with the majority of companies integrating remote work options into their more traditional on-site work environments. However, there is a small but exciting trend of companies that embrace remote work as a fundamental part of their business model. These organizations allow all (or … Continue reading
US – The number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent
Proximity to employment can influence a range of economic and social outcomes, from local fiscal health to the employment prospects of residents, particularly low-income and minority workers. An analysis of private-sector employment and demographic data at the census tract level reveals that: Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance … Continue reading
The survey by Oxford Properties and Environics Research Group found that 76 per cent of respondents wanted a reasonable commute to the office. Continue reading
US / Megacommuters: 600,000 Travel 90 Minutes and 50 Miles to Work, and 10.8 Million Travel an Hour Each Way
About 8.1 percent of U.S. workers have commutes of 60 minutes or longer, 4.3 percent work from home, and nearly 600,000 full-time workers had “megacommutes” of at least 90 minutes and 50 miles. The average one-way daily commute for workers across the country is 25.5 minutes, and one in four commuters leave their county to … Continue reading
Marissa Mayer left Google to tackle what ailed Yahoo. And this week she took on … telecommuting. Yahoos were pleased with the new iPhones and free food from the new boss – a Google-icious touch. But, depending on the speaker, this “bold,” “outrageous,” or “1950s” decree eliminating work from home has stirred up comment, incredulity … Continue reading
The number of Americans with marathon commutes is on the rise, particularly following a debilitating recession that has pummeled employment and the housing sector, a recent report on the nation’s “super commuting” trend finds. “What’s really driving this is the economy,” says Mitchell Moss, director of New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation and co-author … Continue reading
Working From Home in UK – A third of people working from home received a contribution from their organisation
More than four in ten (43%) employees think that being offered the chance to work from home is the result of employers transferring workspace costs onto the employee, according to a report by Regus. The report found that only around a third of people working from home (35%) received a contribution from their organisation towards … Continue reading
Flexible working is harder to manage because the way the team communicates might change and as managers you have less control of a person’s whereabouts. This makes us, the managers, nervous. How will our teams communicate or collaborate with each other? What if that person doesn’t perform, goes off radar, spends the day working from … Continue reading