Resources for Urban Transportation
A checklist for the development of pedestrian-scale communities suitable for public transportation, either now or in the future. The principles are useful for transit agencies, to ensure that nearby development will generate sufficient numbers of riders to support transit, and that transit will indeed enhance the community.
Common criteria for selecting urban transportation modes in 16 chapters devoted to the various modes, including walking, bicycles, motorcycles and scooters automobiles, taxis, buses, bus rapid transit, trolleybuses, streetcars and light rail transit, monorails, heavy rail transit, commuter rail, automated guideway transit, waterborne modes, and special modes. 840 pages.
Copenhagen's decision to create pedestrian streets in the city centre has made it an outdoor theatre. From small towns like Langenlois in Austria, to the centre of London, de-motorisation is transforming urban surroundings. A passionate, well-argued case for moving away from a car centered to a people-centered society.
Sustainable Transport: Planning for Walking and Cycling in Urban Environments (2003). Tolley, Rodney, Editor. Woodhead Publishing in Environmental Management.
Comprehensive handbook covering sustainable transport initiatives worldwide. Focuses on walking and cycling as alternatives to motorized transport systems. Presents practical advice on how to encourage sustainable transport schemes. Case study analysis from Europe, North America and Australia. For urban and transport planners, architects, local and national government officers, environmental agencies world wide and all those concerned with environmental management.
Implementing Sustainable Urban Travel Policies. National Peer Review: The Netherlands (2001). European Conference of Ministers of Transport.
Undertaken during the preparation of the recently approved National Traffic and Transport Plan of the Netherlands (2000), this report is an evaluation of Dutch urban travel policy that is based on the findings of an ECMT team of peer experts during their study visit to the Netherlands in June 1999.
Implementing Sustainable Urban Travel Policies (2004). Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Overview of policies at the national level for promoting cycling. This report was presented to the ECMT ministers at their Ljubljana Council in 2004.
Describes the movement of people and goods along America's highways, railroads, waterways, on public transit, and by air. First published 50 years ago.
In Transit : Mobility, City Culture and Urban Development in Rotterdam (2003). Meurs, P., & Verheijen, M., Editors.
Rotterdam's history has left it marked by movement and transit. The cityscape is defined by waterways, bridges, streets, arterial canals, avenues and a rhomboid motorway system. The city serves as a good case study and illustration of the relationship between mobility and urban development. 192 pages.
Combined analysis of parking and traffic. Includes a chapter on "Bicycle Commuting."
Examines the urban aspect of sustainability issues, arguing that cities are a necessary focus for that global agenda. The essential character of a city's land use results from how it manages its transportation.
National Policies to Promote Cycling: Implementing Sustainable Urban Travel Policies (2004). Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Overview of policies at the national level for promoting cycling. Presented to the ECMT ministers at their Ljubljana Council in 2004.
Survey of major cities around the world; compares liveability and dependence on the automobile for personal mobility. 442 pp.
Suburban Nation : The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream (2000). Duany, A., Plater-Zyberk, E., & and Speck, J.
Calls for a revolution in suburban design that emphasizes neighborhoods in which homes, schools, commercial and municipal buildings are integrated in pedestrian-accessible, safe and friendly settings.
Health and community design : The impact of the built environment on physical activity (2003). Engelke, P., Frank, L., & Schmid, T.
How land-use patterns influence decisions to walk or ride a bike. Why urban and suburban development should be designed to promote moderate types of physical activity. Explores how different settings make it easier to incorporate walking and bicycling into everyday activities.