Promoting walking and cycling proposes solutions to one of the most pressing problems in contemporary British transport planning. The need to develop more sustainable urban mobility lies at the heart of energy and environmental policies and has major implications for the planning of cities and for the structure of economy and society. However, most people feel either unable or unwilling to incorporate travel on foot or by bike into their everyday journeys.
This book uses innovative quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine in depth, and in an international and historical context, why so many people fail to travel in ways that are deemed by most to be desirable. It proposes evidence-based policy solutions that could increase levels of walking and cycling substantially.
This book is essential reading for planners and policy makers developing and implementing transport policies at both national and local levels, plus researchers and students in the field of mobility, transport, sustainability and urban planning.
Colin Pooley is Professor of Social and Historical Geography in The Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK. His research focuses on the social geography of Britain and continental Europe since the 1800s, with recent projects focused on residential migration, travel to work and other aspects of everyday mobility including walking and cycling. He has published over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters and 12 books on these topics.
Section I: Context;
Setting the scene and defining the problem?;
Where have we come from?: The historical context;
The global context: How is Britain different from other places?;
Section II: The research;
Researching walking and cycling;
How does the built environment influence walking and cycling?;
What do people think about everyday travel in urban areas?;
The place of walking in the urban environment;
The role of cycling in the urban environment;
Section III: Policy solutions;
The future of walking and cycling in British urban areas;
Conclusion: issues of society, economy and sustainability.