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Transport in Human Scale Cities

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Transport in Human Scale Cities

9781800370500 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Miloš N. Mladenović, Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment, Aalto University, Tuuli Toivonen, Professor of Geoinformatics, Elias Willberg, Researcher in Geoinformatics, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland and Karst T. Geurs, Professor of Transport Planning, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Twente, the Netherlands
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 050 0 Extent: c 288 pp
This timely book calls for a paradigm shift in urban transport, which remains one of the critically uncertain aspects of the sustainability transformation of our societies. It argues that the potential of human scale thinking needs to be recognised, both in understanding people on the move in the city and within various organisations responsible for cities.

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This timely book calls for a paradigm shift in urban transport, which remains one of the critically uncertain aspects of the sustainability transformation of our societies. It argues that the potential of human scale thinking needs to be recognised, both in understanding people on the move in the city and within various organisations responsible for cities.

Taking a multidisciplinary approach with a focus on the human scale, expert contributors offer lessons for responsible innovation practices to advance the human scale urban mobility technologies. Chapters also offer new insights into the development of urban and transport planning processes, considering new data, methods and approaches. Drawing on specific examples, the book presents a critical analysis of key topics, including the relationship between transport and wellbeing, the relationship between accessibility and income, the mobility of the elderly and various transport planning and policy questions.

Transport in Human Scale Cities will be a critical reading for scholars and students of transport studies, urban economics, and urban and human geography. Its arguments for broadening the discussion on humans in urban mobility systems and necessary actions for the transition out of the current car-dependent mobility regime will also benefit policy-makers and practitioners in these fields.
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‘Nothing short of a paradigm shift can make transport just and sustainable. This book picks up the challenge by putting the human scale at the centre. It convincingly argues why transport policy and research must embrace the multiple dimensions and diversity of human experiences and shows how they can do it. This alone would make the book invaluable. The authors do not stop here however and begin to develop the toolbox of new concepts and methods that such a paradigm shift demands. This book is long due: read it, learn from it, and join the endeavour!’
– Luca Bertolini, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

‘Transport planning’s response to the 21st century’s environmental and societal imperatives must be based on the human scale if wellbeing is to be maintained, enhanced, and more equitably distributed. Transport in Human Scale Cities dives deeply into the multidimensionality of this challenge. The human scale is physical (as in the walkable city) but also pertains to the openness of processes by which cities and their transport are planned, the accessibility of technology and the awareness of possibilities and threats it creates for the future, and researchers’ conceptualization of transport itself and the human needs it fulfils. This book is an invaluable resource for lovers of transport, the cities it serves, and the planning processes that shape it.’
– Jonathan Levine, The University of Michigan, US

‘Sometimes a book is produced that gets one thinking and acting in different ways, as it allows problems to be examined from an alternative perspective. This is such a book, as it promotes the idea that transport in cities should be examined in terms of how it is experienced – what it is to be a human on the move.’
– David Banister, University of Oxford, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: A. Berti Suman, F. Brandão Alves, G. Boisjoly, A.M. César Bastos Silva, P.N. Chee, I. Cunha, R. Darwish, A.M. Dias, A. El-Geneidy, A.-M. Feneri, K. Forss, B. Groenewolt, P.V. Hall, B. Heldt, R. Hickman, B. Huang, K. Huaylla, M. Kahila-Tani, I. Keserü, D.A. King, K.J. Krizek, M. Kyttä, M. Lopes, C. Macharis, J.P. Martins, J.S. Marques, J. Oehlert, R. Oostendorp, J. Pappers, M. Pereira, A. Perl, A. Pernestål, A. Poom, S. Rasouli, A. Salgueiro Narciso Ribeiro, M. Salonen, P. Santana, S. Santos Cruz, K. Sawatzky, B. Serra, T. Schwanen, C. Silva, Y. Susilo, H. Tenkanen, T. Thomas, H.J.P. Timmermans, T.P. Uteng, D. Vale, E.C. van Berkum, M. van Geenhuizen

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