In most cities, if you don’t own a car, or just want to leave your car at home, you typically need to use more than one mode of transport to get around. You might, for example, start with a city bus or a rental bike, then transfer to the subway system, a train, or maybe a ride-sharing service to finish your journey.

This method of getting around, known as multi-modal transport, or mixed-mode commuting, makes use of public and private transit options, and can be an easier, more efficient way to navigate urban environments. Also, because multi-modal transport means fewer people drive single-occupancy vehicles, it has the added attraction of helping to reduce congestion, road traffic accidents, energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and dependence on fossil fuel.

Multi-modal transport is gaining momentum, with support from a growing number of city and national governments. In Europe, for example…

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