- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470540931
- ISBN-13: 978-0470540930
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Sustainable Transportation Planning is an outstanding, easy to navigate source for planners of all kinds, not just transportation specialists... is an ideal book for America's many citizen-planners." (Better! Cities & Towns, April-May 2012)
". . .Tumlin argues that on the whole, transportation planning has remained overly focused on engineering. If planners took a broader approach to how urban regions work, he contends, they could serve those places more economically and also enhance liveability." (Better! Cities & Towns, March 2012)
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From the Back Cover
How to implement smart, sustainable transportation concepts
Developing sustainable urbanism is the most important environmental concern of the twenty-first century. However, while other planning-related disciplines have already joined forces to meet new sustainability challengesfor example, the LEED Neighborhood Development standardtransportation has not kept pace. Instead, transportation planning often defaults to a 1950s mindset, still favoring auto-oriented, one-size-fits-all solutions.
Sustainable Transportation Planning brings the discipline up to date, offering a big-picture approach to transportation systems. Using clear, nontechnical language, this guide provides step-by-step instructions for implementing smart transportation concepts in both large and small communities. Making this material accessible opens the door to greater participation in transportation planning by design and policy professionals, as well as citizen activists. The text also helps transportation professionals better understand and align their discipline within the broader movement toward sustainable urbanism.
Written by noted transportation planner Jeffrey Tumlin, Sustainable Transportation Planning features:
- Consideration of bike, pedestrian, automobile, and mass transit modes, as well as how these modes interrelate
- Applicability at varying scales, from a downtown street to a neighborhood to a regional network
- Case studies that look at exemplary projects across North America
- Detailed measures of success for both individual transportation modes and entire systems
- Additional discussion of parking, station design, and congestion management
Working from a comprehensive definition of sustainabilityone that encompasses economic, ecological, and social vitalitySustainable Transportation Planning provides the definitive sourcebook for understanding and implementing the full range of modern community transportation systems.
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This book is a primer for all of the concepts necessary to achieve a sustainable community. It tackles everything from inter-modal transportation (bike to bus, for instance), congestion pricing (charging more to access core arterial roadways or districts during peak hours) to how to successfully implement bicycle initiatives, service levels of roads and highways, etc. The book is also contemporary in my eyes, as there is a chapter dedicated to performance measurement, and one on the relationship between cities with sustainable transportation systems and improved public health outcomes. All of the concepts are supported by accurate references, descriptive photos, and small case studies.
Like other readers, I was a bit disappointed by the lack of detail or depth with many of the case studies. In many ways case studies are supposed to breathe life into otherwise abstract concepts. They fell short in really illustrating successes, failures, and lessons learned.
The book is written in simple language...planners are known for using tons of jargon, so it's easy for anyone to grasp. I might just introduce this text to my Urban Planning & Redevelopment students next time I'm teaching that class. I recommend it.
The lavish illustrations and graphs are a strength of this book, serving to illuminate the text. This book primarily establishes the framework of the entire field of transportation planning. The book's sections serve as nice leaping off points for discussion. Chapter 10, "Parking," is a good example of the author setting the table, then leaving it to the reader to do further research in deciding which of his "Top Ten Parking Management Strategies" are most important. The issues are stated, but only addressed shallowly.
Rather than a traditional bibliography, chapter 15's "For More Information" serves the same purpose. Most of the listed sources are online, usually federal government based (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency) and appear to be spot on. Additionally, the endnotes section, divided up by chapter, is also an excellent resource for further research.
I take one star off (out of 5) primarily for the disappointing "Case Studies" sprinkled throughout the work. These are usually just single paragraphs stating little useful information. "Case Study: San Diego Trolley" (p. 117) basically says that a lot of people ride the system even though it is incomplete. The entire "case study" is one paragraph. These are not what I would call traditional case studies. Second, there is little to no coverage of simulations, modeling, and computer algorithms. This book should be seen as an overview of the field, and not as a resource for current practicing urban and transportation planners.