Angela states that ‘The book encapsulates the broad spectrum of work which may come under the umbrella of accessibility’ and recommends that readers have a firm grounding in accessibility prior to reading some of more complex chapters. Within the review she emphasises the need for further individual, people-focused efforts to benefit a largely aggregate approach adopted by the sub-discipline. You can read the review here.
This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 47, Angela Curl , Accessibility Analysis and Transport Planning: Challenges for Europe and North America (part of the Nectar Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research), K.T. Geurs, K.J. Krizek, A. Reggiani. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA, USA (2012). £80 (hardback). ISBN: 978 1 78100 010 6
This is an outstanding book by Steve Melia. I strongly recommend it to anyone in the field, as sumarised in the final paragraph of my review for the Journal of Transport Geography:
Steve Melia has produced a beautiful, meticulously researched and important contribution to the global transport debate. The work synthesises a vast spectrum of evidence on a range of urban transport issues, resulting in a concentrated work of art. Amazingly, this chunk of vital information is also extremely enjoyable to read. I strongly recommend Urban Transport Without the Hot Air to anyone interested in active transport, urban planning or sustainability overall. Indeed, the simple questions of how and why we move around as a species have dramatic (if invisible) implications for the future of human existence on planet Earth. Melia demonstrates that once we properly understand the problems the solutions are within our grasp.
The full review can be seen at the following links.
Roberto Palacin, Senior research associate, Railway Systems Research Group at Newcastle University, explains why at the Conversation:
As the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanised, it is estimated that the number of journeys measured in passenger-kilometres will triple by 2050. Roads simply can’t absorb this increase.
Railways, with their greater capacity for carrying more people, quickly and with greater energy efficiency, are the best bet to become our mobility backbone. Of course, engineers’ imaginations have created many alternatives to the original steel-on-steel approach to the railway. Maglev and the much-publicised but so far theoretical Hyperloop are often regarded as the ones to watch – but do they really represent the future of rail travel?