Safety, Sustainability & Urban Transport

Authors: Dinesh Mohan, Allan F. Williams, Ian Roberts, Larry Cohen, Carolina Guzmán, Sana Chehimi, Anna Realini, Dunu Roy, Bruce S. Appleyard, Andres Villaveces, Roger Behrens, Rahul Jobanputra, Shrikant Bangdiwala, Eric Dumbaugh, Vicky Feng Wei, James Sun Gord Lovegrove, Geetam Tiwari, Christer Hyden, David R. Ragland, Offer Grembek, Grace Felschundneff, Nicolae Duduta, Claudia Adriazola, Dario Hidalgo, Luis Antonio Lindau, Rebecca Jaffe, Sudipto Mukherjee, Sankarasubramanian Hariharan, Anoop Chawla, Yves Page, Bo Grönlund, Clara Cardia, Macarena Rau Vargas, Jeff Risom, Claire Mookerjee, Hermann Knoflacher

Sustainability transport solutions are frequently reduced to those concerning cleaner vehicle emissions, provision of public transport and “encouraging” walking and bicycling. The reasons why people and governments don’t or cannot follow many of the described goals get less attention. Complex issues involving the interaction of urban structures, urban layout, street design and architectural forms and their influence on human behavior in transportation choices get neglected by most transportation planners.

The collection of essays in this book is an attempt to focus attention on this issue. Just the availability of clean vehicles, provision of public transport facilities, and construction of bicycle tracks, will not be sufficient for ensuring that our cities in the future have sustainable consumption and healthy living patterns. All authors in this book focus their attention on how a city can be made safer, independent of enforcement and policing activities. This in the belief that unless people feel safe from crime and traffic accidents, they will not willingly walk, bicycle or use public transport.

This book includes articles from a group of experts belonging to very different fields to address issues of future urban transport from a variety of viewpoints. These articles give an idea about how many different design issues can influence the behavior of citizens when making choices about when and how to use a given transport mode, including modes such as walking, bicycling, and public transport. They also give ideas about how to create more liveable streets. The dominant theme of the discussions is how the city and street structure contribute to objective and subjective perception of safety for everyone living there. One important conclusion from the book is the need for city and traffic planners and decision makers to include the perceptions of individuals regarding safety and security in all steps from the “door of the home” to the “end of the journey”. The consensus is that we must move away from planning cities around the car, and this will only happen if there is much more interaction among professionals from different disciplines. All authors agree that the built environment has a strong influence on both people’s subjective perception of safety and objectives safety indices. A move toward designing safer streets and neighbourhoods has to become an integral part of our efforts to move toward a more sustainable future.


  •   Publication 2013
  • Publisher  Eicher Goodearth Pvt. Ltd
  • Language  English  
  • ISBN          978-93-80262-60-4

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