The Rise Of The Automobile: Lessons From Historical Canadian Transportation Transitions


Volume 2 – Issue 4
November 2020 – Transition Accelerator Reports
By Cameron Roberts, PhD; James Meadowcroft, PhD; David Layzell, PhD

This report examines the experience of an earlier transition in land transport that saw the rapid adoption of the automobile. It focuses on three important questions:

  • Why did Canadian mobility change during the first half of the twentieth century?
  • How did cars emerge relatively quickly as the dominant mode of transportation?
  • What lessons can we learn from this history to inform future sustainability transitions?

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