Promoting Walking and Cycling

New Perspectives on Sustainable Travel

Colin Pooley et al

Promoting Walking and Cycling

Colin Pooley et al

Distributed for Bristol University Press

With Contributions by Tim Jones, Miles Tight, Dave Horton, Griet Scheldeman, Caroline Mullen, Ann Jopson, and Emanuele Strano
222 pages | 6 figures, 42 tables | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2013
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447310082 Published October 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447310075 Published October 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Why, despite the supposed desirability of cycling and walking, do so many people feel unable or unwilling to incorporate these modes of transport into their everyday journeys? This problem, one of the most pressing questions facing transport planners, has major implications for environmental policy, urban planning, and existing social and economic structures. Drawing on original research, the authors reveal the reasons behind our resistance and suggest evidence-based policy solutions that could significantly increase levels of walking and cycling. These informed perspectives will enlighten urban planners and policymakers, as well as students and scholars of transport and mobility issues. 

Lists of maps, tables and boxes

About the authors



Section I: Context

1   Setting the scene and defining the problem

                Setting the scene

                Promoting sustainable mobility in Britain

                Academic perspectives


2   Where have we come from? The historical context

                How did we travel in the past and what has changed?   

                The changing role of the bicycle in Britain

                The historical dominance and persistence of walking

                Conclusions: issues of path dependency

3   The global context: how is Britain different from other places?

                Urban travel outside the UK

                Places where walking is normal

                Places where cycling is normal

                Conclusions: Britain in a global context

Section II: The research

4   Researching walking and cycling

                The UWAC approach: introduction to the data

                The case study communities

                The limitations: what the research cannot be used to show

5   How the built environment influences walking and cycling

                Context: the built environment and sustainable travel

                The connectivity of the street network and access to facilities

                Spatial analysis of travel and transport: principles and problems

                Evaluating associations between street network connectivity, access to everyday activities and walking and cycling  

                Conclusions and evaluation

6   What do people think about everyday travel in urban areas?  


                What do people say about how they travel?

                What do people say about how they would like to travel?

                How do people feel and relate to travel?


7   The place of walking in the urban environment

                Why people walk

                How people walk

                The barriers to walking

                Conclusions: building walking cultures

8   The role of cycling in the urban environment

                Why people cycle

                How people cycle

                The barriers to cycling

                Conclusions: building cycling cultures

Section III: Policy Perspectives

9   The future of walking and cycling in British urban areas

                Strategies for making walking normal

                Strategies for making cycling normal

                Making it all happen: issues of implementation

10   Conclusions: issues of society, economy and sustainability

                Connecting walking and cycling to wider society

                What is working now?

                What is the risk of doing nothing?

                What could be done?

                Concluding comments




Review Quotes
David Banister, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford
“This pioneering book is much needed, as it calls for a new understanding of travel and a real engagement with people and policy makers, so that effective actions can be taken that will transform the quality of the urban environment.” 
Andy Cope, Research and Monitoring Unit, Sustrans
“This book addresses one of the major lifestyle challenges of our age—how to embed sustained and sustainable mobility within community and society. The learning assembled will be essential to the effective design and implementation of policies and interventions.”
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