Book Review: Sustainable Transport for Chinese Cities, R.L. Mackett, A.B. May, M. Kii, H. Pan Bingley (Eds.)

James Wang‘s review of Roger Mackett, Tony May,  Masanobu Kii, Pan Haixiao‘s edited volume Sustainable Transport for Chinese Cities provides an interesting insight as to the potential for implementation of transport policies in the Chinese context.

Chinese cities

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Book Review: Evolutionary Paths Towards the Mobility Patterns of the Future, M. Hülsmann, D. Fornahl, (Eds.).

Craig Morton‘s carefully considered review of Michael Hülsmann, and Dirk Fornahl‘s edited volume,  Evolutionary Paths Towards the Mobility Patterns of the Future, was published in Volume 38 of the Journal of Transport Geography.


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Transport routing during emergencies

Transport routing algorithms have a silent yet vast impact on transport behaviour. Now, with a few taps on a smartphone or clicks on a computer one can find the fastest path between A and B. With the ‘real time’ routing options of services like Google Maps, Graphhopper and the Open Source, it’s even possible to receive instructions during the journey. As I discovered during a cycle ride from Lulow to Hereford, this voice guidance can be hugely useful if one has neither a paper map nor the time to carefully plan an optimal route before the trip. Now people are talking about using crowd-sourced data to inform the suggested route, as demonstrated in this paper. See below for insight into developments that will help transport planners and geographers select the best routes in case of disruption to the network.

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Cycling and Active Travel

This was a broad yet deep overview of the state of cycle infrastructure as a specialist topic of expertise for civil engineers. John Parkin, Professor of Transport Engineering at the University of the West of England. To put this in context, it was part of an event on cycling organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers. Below you’ll find a very short write-up of the talk and, more importantly, a copy of John’s excellent slides and a link to an audio recording of the talk.

The talk built on the recent addition of the Institution’s of the Cycling Working Group. Creating a dedicated cycling group in this esteemed Institution is a small but significant step towards integrated transport planning in the UK and, as John says, it is inspiring to see that this group was primarily motivated by students – the new generation of civil engineers – rather than by a top-down process. This was one of the most informative and enjoyable talk on cycling I’ve seen in a long time. So sit back, hit ‘play’ in the soundcloud box and enjoy the ride.



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