Sustainable Transportation Planning : Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-24
  • Publisher: Wiley

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As transportations-related disciplines of urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban economics, and social policy have undergone major internal reform efforts in recent decades Written in clear, easy-to-follow language, this book provides planning practitioners with the tools they need to achieve their cities' economic development, social equity and ecological sustainability goals. Starting with detailed advice for improving each mode of transportation, the book offers guidance on balancing the needs of each mode against each other, whether on a downtown street, or a small town neighborhood, or a regional network.

Author Biography

Jeffrey Tumlin is an owner and sustainability practice leader of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco–based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. Over the past nineteen years, he has led station-area, downtown, citywide, and campus plans, and he has delivered various lectures and classes in twenty U.S. states and five other countries. His major development projects have succeeded in reducing their traffic and CO2 emissions by as much as 40% and have accommodated many millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. These projects have won awards from the General Services Administration, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Urban Land Institute.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Why Transportation?p. 2
The Big Picture: Mobility vs. Accessibilityp. 4
Structure of This Bookp. 5
Sustainable Transportationp. 7
What Is Sustainability?p. 7
Transportation and Public Healthp. 23
The Human Bodyp. 23
Does This McMansion Make Me Look Fat?p. 26
Danger, Will Robinson!p. 27
Anger, Will Robinson!p. 28
Health and Equityp. 29
Driving and Social Healthp. 31
Transportation and Trustp. 31
Conclusionsp. 33
The City of the Futurep. 35
Yesterday's Tomorrowlandp. 35
Imagining the Sustainable City of the Futurep. 37
Streetsp. 45
Conceptualizing Streetsp. 45
Principles of Street Designp. 48
Pedestriansp. 51
Introductionp. 51
Pedestrian Planning Principlesp. 51
Pedestrian Planning Toolsp. 56
Pedestrian Design Toolsp. 60
Measuring Pedestrian Successp. 69
Case Study: Marin County Safe Routes to Schoolsp. 71
Bicyclesp. 73
Introductionp. 73
Why Invest in Cycling?p. 73
Increasing Cyclingp. 74
Key Cycling Principlesp. 76
Design So That Everyone Will Enjoy Bikingp. 81
Measuring Bicycle Successp. 101
Further Informationp. 101
Transitp. 105
Introductionp. 105
Transit Modesp. 106
Case Study: Los Angeles Metro Rapidp. 114
Case Study: Portland Streetcarp. 116
Case Study: San Diego Trolleyp. 117
Design for Transitp. 121
Measuring Successp. 134
Case Study: Boulder, Colorado, Community Transit Networkp. 136
Transit Planning Resourcesp. 136
Motor Vehiclesp. 139
Introductionp. 139
Designing for Carsp. 143
Design Manuals That Build upon Contextp. 149
Design Guidancep. 151
Modeling Traffi cp. 166
Freewaysp. 169
Parkingp. 173
Introductionp. 173
Parking Is Destinyp. 173
Parking Economicsp. 101
175 Parking Toolsp. 177
Parking Management Principlesp. 181
Top Ten Parking Management Strategiesp. 186
Carsharingp. 205
Introductionp. 205
Types of Carsharingp. 206
Impactsp. 207
Where Carsharing Is Most Successfulp. 208
Public Policies That Support Carsharingp. 212
Municipal Fleetsp. 215
Jump-Starting a Programp. 216
Stations and Station Areasp. 217
Introductionp. 217
Multimodal Accessp. 219
Case Study: WMATA's Orange Linep. 232
Station Componentsp. 234
Case Study: BART Station Replacement Parkingp. 236
Transportation Demand Managementp. 241
What Is Traffic Congestion and Why Does It Happen?p. 241
Planning for Reduced Trafficp. 244
Traffic Reduction: A How-To Guidep. 249
Measuring Successp. 263
Definitionsp. 263
How Performance Measures Are Usedp. 264
How Performance Measures Are Misusedp. 264
Measuring Success for Multiple Modesp. 270
Using Performance Measures to Balance Modesp. 270
Citywide Transportation System Measurementsp. 277
Evaluating Project Alternativesp. 282
Additional Resourcesp. 285
For More Informationp. 287
Useful Online Resourcesp. 287
Required Readingp. 288
Useful Toolsp. 289
Endnotesp. 297
Indexp. 303
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