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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; Second Edition edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716605
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A must read.' Erick Villagomez, Re:Place Magazine 'A terrific book!' Elizabeth Deakin, Professor of City Planning and Director, Transportation Center, University of California 'Remarkably timely, optimistic, and practical.' Tony Hiss, author of The Experience of Place and visiting scholar at New York University 'An important book... Transport Revolutions needs to be considered by all of us if travel is to continue in the years ahead.' Sunday News, PA 'This book should be on the desk of every transport minister's chief policy adviser.' John Adams, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University College London 'This is an exceptionally well thought-out book.' Colin Axon, Deputy Director, Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport, University of Oxford. ' If policy makers ignore this book it is at our peril.' Dave Hughes, Senior Geoscientist and Energy Analyst, Geological Survey of Canada 'One of the most thought-provoking books to cross my desk in a long while.' Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun 'Transport Revolutions draws lessons from the past to develop insightful scenarios about the future of transportation and how it will be fuelled, useful to students and policy-makers around the world. This wide-ranging book blends history, economics and political science to describe the complex relationship between petroleum and how our economies move.' David Bragdon, President of the Metro Portland, Oregon 'A terrific book! Gilbert and Perl spell out the policy options that are before us and illuminate the consequences of the paths we may choose. Whether or not the reader agrees with their analysis, this is a book that deserves to be read, debated, and recommended to others concerned about the economic, environmental, and social wellbeing of our small planet.' Elizabeth Deakin, Professor of City Planning and Director, Transportation Center, University of California 'Gilbert and Perl's analysis of solutions to the transportation dilemmas facing us in an era of diminished hydrocarbon availability is absolutely fundamental reading for all of us, but particularly for policymakers who can make a difference. If policymakers ignore this book, it is at our peril.' Dave Hughes, President, Global Sustainability Research 'This remarkably timely, optimistic and practical book is about transitioning painlessly in two stages to an oil-depleted world. Gilbert and Perl have assembled, digested, and integrated a staggering amount of information, and they describe the revolutions ahead in clear, readable, non-jargony prose.' Tony Hiss, Author of The Experience of Place: A New Way of Dealing with our Radically Changing Cities and Countryside, and visiting scholar, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU 'People writing about the future of transport tend to fall into one of two camps: technological determinists who argue that cars will always triumph and that oil depletion and climate change are illusory, and doomsayers who prognosticate a world of inevitable decline and loss of mobility. Perl and Gilbert's Transport Revolutions takes the middle path, presenting the incontrovertible evidence about peak oil and climate change, and detailing sensible policies and investments which could avert the looming problems. This book deserves a wide audience, and will be useful for policymakers, analysts and professionals and environmentalists alike.' Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment; former Chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism; and author of Transport and Neighbourhoods, and co-author and editor of New Transit Town 'Transport Revolutions is remarkably well researched. Those who see imminent catastrophic decline in oil based energy for mobile transport will probably regard the authors Gilbert and Perl as being much too conservative or passive. Those who crave a future that can proceed as 'business as usual' will regard this work as too disruptive and too much of a call to us all to mend our ways. Alternative energy sources, forms and modalities are defined in an objective overview of the various options. The case for renewables and the nuclear option is made with objective analysis. In summary Transport Revolutions is a work of great merit and standard of measure.' Rt Hon Edward Schreyer, former Governor General of Canada, former Premier of Manitoba

About the Author

Richard Gilbert is a consultant and retired municipal politician with The City of Toronto, who has authored, co-authored and edited 14 books, including Sustainable Transport In Hong Kong, as well as numerous government books and journals. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Anthony Perl is the Director of Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University. He has acted as government advisor in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France and the US on transportation and environmental research. He has co-edited and co-authored four books including The Integrity Gap: Canada's Environmental Policy and Institutions. He lives in Vancouver.

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Having purchased this book in 2011, I regret that I did not have the time to read it sooner. Writing this review serves to both atone for this and bring the book to the attention of a wider audience.

First and foremost, the title, Transport Revolutions--Moving People and Freight without Oil suggests that this book is one of the usual advocacies for alternative fuels, new technology, etc. While this may be true, to me the book's main value is its serving as an overview of the transportation industry from a nontraditional perspective. This ranges from the market share of various transportation modes to the role of transportation as a driver of economic activity.

Additionally there are some interesting concepts which go well beyond the usual suggestions of, for example, railroad electrification. These include the creation of a Transportation Redevelopment Administration and an even more radical proposal: a national ethos of shared sacrifice, a byproduct of which would be a focus on recasting transportation priorities.

Other interesting concepts include:
1. Focus on the value of time--for example, the past definition of cities based on how far one could walk by foot in an hour, and for the future, the redistribution of time as a way of inducing passengers to use slower, but more time-productive, modes of transportation.
2. Different perspectives for comparison of China with the USA, including the conventional comparison of transportation per capita but also the differences in leadership--China by engineers, the USA by lawyers;
3. Production subsidies involved in automobile manufacturing (as opposed to highway construction) in the USA; and
4. The relatively small role that transportation plays in the USA's national infrastructure budget.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wild bill on September 29, 2013
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One of these days we wil run out of oil. The author explains ways of cping with this in the future. Well though out.
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Likely. From "Transport Revolutions" very much data is revealed about vehicle fuels in a large range of transport use. Given perhaps a decade, as indicated for possibilities of China development, electricity will dominate.
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