Reducing car dependency in small-town British Columbia Thompson, Johanna
Research in sustainable urban planning is becoming increasingly common and accessible, but research for rural and small town communities has been less explored. Rural communities in British Columbia have a unique set of needs depending on the landscape of the area in question and the local economies. One general trend is that many small communities depend heavily on cars either for commuting purposes or to travel locally as a result of sprawl. Important tactics in reducing car dependency in small communities therefore should involve promoting amenity migration, Smart Growth planning projects and diversifying the local economy. Tools to help small communities achieve these goals include Geographic Information Science (GIS), Google Earth or the BC Climate Action Toolkit, depending on the resources available to the local communities.
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