Based on the work of the STELLA (Sustainable Transport in Europe and Links and Liaisons with America) Focus Group 3, this volume brings together leading transport academics to discuss society behaviour and public/private transport. Theoretical and empirical research from across North America and Europe form the basis of this book, which is composed of twelve chapters that fall into four logical sections. Chapters in the first section provide a contextual overview and survey trends in mobility behaviour and prospects of sustainable transport in the two continents. Chapters in the second section provide comparative assessments of difficulties posed by contemporary transport systems for three particular user groups (low-income, female, and elderly), interventions indicated, and research needed. The third set of chapters survey recent developments in behavioural modelling that lend themselves to the study of the constellation of issues concerning STELLA Focus Group 3. The remaining chapters of the book address critical issues of equity and policy implementation.
Table of Contents
Contents: Social dimensions of sustainable transport: Introduction and overview; Society, behaviour, and private/public transport: trends and prospects in transition economies of central and eastern Europe; Society, behaviour, and private/public transport: trends and prospects in North America; Transport and social exclusion in Europe and the USA; Mobility issues in the United States and Europe; The effect of demographic shifts on non-automobile transportation needs of the elderly; Social networks and travel: some hypotheses; Accessibility and quality of life: time-geographic perspectives; An analysis of the effects of urban land use on transportation; A new research agenda for modelling travel choice and behaviour; Transportation and equity; The implementation of walking and cycling policies; Index.
’...an outstanding statement of how far this research area has progressed...From social exclusion to social networks, from equity to the mobility problems of the aged, this collection offers fresh, new perspectives and approaches that capture the burst of recent interest at the nexus of social issues and sustainable transport. It should be of interest to all transport researchers, geographers, sociologists and planners.’ William R. Black, Indiana University, USA ’The particular strength of this book lies in its wide range of case studies and the focus on transport policy...or the undergraduate student, it provides a detailed and comprehensive survey of recent and current thought on an issue of global importance.’ Geography ’This book provides a very useful insight on transportation developments in North America and Europe...Although the focus is on Europe and North America, the issues discussed have wider currency and the book will provide much useful material to fuel debates for those students taking tertiary level transportation courses. It will also help inform practising transportation planners, politicians and their policy advisors.’ Journal of Regional Science ’...a very timely book...a significant achievement. It brings together material not normally seen in one book and emphasizes the importance of the social.’ Journal of Transport History