NMT in developed countries

Following on from the last post I came across a document by Piet Rietvald of the Netherlands which was published in 2001. The document is called “Biking and Walking: The Position of Non-Motorised Transport Modes in Transport Systems” (ref. 2254). The immediate point of interest is that the article uses the term “NMT” mainly in relation to developed countries.

A World Bank policy note from 2013 also refers to NMT in the context of modern cities. The document, “Urban design manual for non-motorized transport friendly neighbourhoods” (ref. 2257). The document contents include:

“…. In a first section, seven basic concepts that make up a NMT-friendly neighborhood are described in a concise manner, and images of how they have been implemented all around the world are provided as examples. On a second section, a case study of applying those concepts on a real neighborhood development project is presented (….)”

Only 43 pages long, the document is attractively presented and worth reading. You can find it here.


2254 – Netherlands, Piet Rietveld 2001, “Biking and walking – the position of NMT modes in transport systems”, Tinbergen Institute

2257 – Fang, Ke. 2013. Urban design manual for non-motorized transport friendly neighborhoods. Washington DC ; World Bank


About roadnotes

Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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