Paving the Future: Sustainable Road Design and Urban Mobility in Smart Cities

A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2024 | Viewed by 242

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Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: performance analysis of road transport networks; road traffic micro-simulation models; connected and automated driving technologies; sustainability and environmental impact of road facilities; analysis of road safety; surrogate measures of safety; road design solutions; traffic flows management and traffic calming measures

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Department of Transport Systems, Traffic Engineering and Logistics, Faculty of Transport and Aviation Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Krasińskiego 8 Street, 40-019 Katowice, Poland
Interests: road traffic engineering; road and intersections capacity analysis; measurements; traffic modeling; research and traffic flow analysis; transport infrastructure; functional analysis; transport systems and processes modeling; transportation engineering
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Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University of Enna Kore, Viale della Cooperazione, 94100 Enna, Italy
Interests: road safety evaluation; road design; connected automated vehicle operation; transport infrastructure; traffic operation modeling; statistical analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is centered on the critical interplay of sustainable road design and urban mobility, aiming to explore innovative strategies for creating intelligent, eco-friendly, and safe transportation infrastructures. It focuses on the multifaceted dimensions of urban mobility in smart cities, examining solutions for road infrastructure, policy frameworks, and technological advancement.

The emphasis is on the convergence of advanced technologies with urban mobility, highlighting the role of intelligent traffic management, real-time data analytics, and cooperative driving technologies in optimizing road space, user flows, and overall efficiency. Road and intersection design should be inclusive, ensuring accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists, and individuals with diverse mobility needs to foster both efficiency and equity. Further exploration is needed to integrate renewable energy sources into road infrastructure, evaluating solutions like solar roadways and kinetic energy harvesting to power smart urban mobility system sustainably. This Special Issue also addresses the resilience of roads and road networks to climate change and human or natural disruptions, emphasizing adaptive design strategies.

Global case studies from smart cities are invited to showcase successful sustainable road design implementation, offering replicable models and lessons. The overarching objective is to inspire the widespread adoption of eco-conscious urban mobility practices, promoting a collective movement towards a sustainable and resilient urban future.

Original research articles and review papers featured in this Special Issue will delve into diverse topics, including but not limited to:

  • Sustainable road design principles;
  • Planning shared mobility;
  • Inclusive and accessible road design;
  • Digital transition in road design;
  • Innovative design solutions for intersections and interchanges;
  • Reliability and safety of AI in transport operation;
  • Intelligent traffic management;
  • Smart technologies in urban mobility;
  • Cooperative driving technologies;
  • Disruptive innovation in intermodal transportation;
  • Novel measures for urban resilience;
  • Latest road economy trends;
  • Energy harvesting from roads;
  • Monitoring and mitigation vehicular air and noise pollution;
  • Contemporary challenges in road research;
  • Global perspectives through case studies.

Dr. Maria Luisa Tumminello
Prof. Dr. Elżbieta Macioszek
Dr. Anna Granà
Prof. Dr. Tullio Giuffrè
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Smart Cities is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • road design
  • urban mobility
  • sustainable transportation
  • road safety
  • shared mobility
  • microscopic traffic simulation modeling
  • LCA
  • road economy
  • traffic management
  • vulnerable road users
  • fuel consumption and emissions
  • energy saving solutions
  • connected and automated vehicles
  • intelligent transport systems (ITS)
  • smart cities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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