Urban Transport without the hot air

Urban Transport without the hot air : Volume 1: Sustainable Solutions for Uk Cities

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The UK population will reach 70 million by 2027. How will all these people get around? Is building more, wider roads really the solution? In this book, Steve Melia:

dispels long-standing transport myths;
looks at the successes of London and other UK and continental cities in providing 21st century transport;
and suggests solutions for a sustainable future.

By drawing on the experience of London, Bristol, Cambridge and other European towns, we can have cleaner and more pleasant places to live, and a more sustainable economy. The book is accessibly written, and is a must-read for the interested lay person as well as those involved in transport and urban planning.

In Volume 2, (forthcoming) Alan Cunningham considers the situation and solutions for the USA. Each volume can be read alone, or they can be read together to look at the wider global context.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 184 x 241 x 20mm | 793.79g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1906860262
  • 9781906860264
  • 1,359,074

Table of contents

Foreword by Prof Phil Goodwin

1. The myths of urban transport

Part 1: Myths and problems

2. The problem

3. "There has been a war on the motorist"

4. "Roads and airports benefit the economy"

5. "All we need is better public transport"

6. "Car ownership isn't a problem - only car use"

7. "You'll never get people over here cycling like the dutch"

8. "The car can be a guest in our streets"

9. We are building too many flats"

10. Summary: myths, values and challenges

Part 2: Sustainable Solutions

11. Four options for traffic in towns

12. European cities: inspiration and similarities

13. Carfree developments

14. London: the politics of bucking the trend

15. Progress in other British cities

16. What sort of cities do we want?

17. What can I do?
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Review quote

"Like the whole "Without the Hot Air" series, Urban Transport is a sensible, sober, highly readable, most welcome addition to a vital debate." -- Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing "Reducing our dependence on motor traffic is not only good for the environment, it's good for us too - and this exciting, evidence-based analysis shows where and how it's already being done." -- Caroline Lucas, Green Party "Phil Goodwin's Foreword raises the question of how we should sequence the components of a sustainable transport policy, if unable to afford all at once. To this I would add the question how we can achieve better correspondence between housing and transport policies. The achievement of this book is to raise such matters in an accessible (and affordable!) format - and to cast significant light on where the answers might be found." -- Alan Wenban-Smith * Local Transport Today * "'A fresh perspective on urban transport - and a good look at London's progress" -- Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London."
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About Steve Melia

Dr Steve Melia lectures in transport and planning at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has advised two government departments on how to achieve more sustainable transport and helped with the transport planning of the London Olympic Park. The ideas in this book began while cycling 5,000 miles across three summers and seven European countries, studying cities making progress on transport problems and improving the urban environment.
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