Curbing Traffic

Curbing Traffic : The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives

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In 2019, mobility experts Melissa and Chris Bruntlett began a new adventure in Delft in the Netherlands. They had packed up their family in Vancouver, BC, and moved to Delft to experience the cycling city as residents rather than as visitors. A year earlier they had become unofficial ambassadors for Dutch cities with the publication of their first book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality.

In Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett chronicle their experience living in the Netherlands and the benefits that result from treating cars as visitors rather than owners of the road. They weave their personal story with research and interviews with experts and Delft locals to help readers share the experience of living in a city designed for people.

In the planning field, little attention is given to the effects that a "low-car" city can have on the human experience at a psychological and sociological level. Studies are beginning to surface that indicate the impact that external factors, such as sound, can have on our stress and anxiety levels. Or how the systematic dismantling of freedom and autonomy for children and the elderly to travel through their cities is causing isolation and dependency.

In Curbing Traffic, the Bruntletts explain why these investments in improving the built environment are about more than just getting from place to place more easily and comfortably. The insights will help decision makers and advocates to better understand and communicate the human impacts of low-car cities: lower anxiety and stress, increased independence, social autonomy, inclusion, and improved mental and physical wellbeing.

The book is organised around the benefits that result from thoughtfully curbing traffic, resulting in a city that is: child-friendly, connected, trusting, feminist, quiet, therapeutic, accessible, prosperous, resilient, and age-friendly.

Planners, public officials, and citizen activists should have a greater understanding of the consequences that building for cars has had on communities (of all sizes). Curbing Traffic provides relatable, emotional, and personal reasons why it matters and inspiration for exporting the low-car city.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 381.02g
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 51 photos
  • 1642831654
  • 9781642831658
  • 34,001

Table of contents

Introduction: Living the "Low-Car" City
Chapter 1: The Child-Friendly City
Chapter 2: The Connected City
Chapter 3: The Trusting City
Chapter 4: The Feminist City
Chapter 5: The Hearing City
Chapter 6: The Therapeutic City
Chapter 7: The Accessible City
Chapter 8: The Prosperous City
Chapter 9: The Resilient City
Chapter 10: The Aging City
Conclusion: Exporting the "Low-Car" City
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"My husband and I, my school-aged daughter, and my elderly father cannot wait to live in the cities this book describes. The table of contents is a veritable wish list for the ideal city--one that is safe, accessible, affordable, and enjoyable for all. The Bruntletts' book shows what is possible. Whether it's bike infrastructure, reduced noise and speed limits, alternative mobility options or walkable streets (or--one can dream--all of the above), this book persuasively argues for people not cars. A wonderful resource for anyone looking to make (and live in) cities for people."--Allison Arieff, Senior Editor, City Monitor
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About Chris Bruntlett

Melissa Bruntlett and Chris Bruntlett are co-founders of a marketing and communications firm focused on inspiring healthier, happier, simpler forms of mobility through words, photography, and film. They are now working full-time for transport-related organizations in the Netherlands; Chris for the Dutch Cycling Embassy, and Melissa for Mobycon.
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