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

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"The Great American Dream of cruising down the parkway, zipping from here to there at any time has given way to a true nightmare that is destroying the environment, costing billions and deeply impacting our personal well-being. Getting from A to B has never been more difficult, expensive or miserable. It doesn't have to be this way. Jeffrey Tumlin's book Sustainable Transportation Planning offers easy-to-understand, clearly explained tips and techniques that will allow us to quite literally take back our roads. Essential reading for anyone who wants to drive our transportation system out of the gridlock."
-Marianne Cusato, home designer and author of Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid

 

?The book is full of useful ideas on nearly every page.?
? Bill DiBennedetto of Triple Pundit

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.

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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 challenges—for example, the LEED Neighborhood Development standard—transportation 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 sustainability—one that encompasses economic, ecological, and social vitality—Sustainable Transportation Planning provides the definitive sourcebook for understanding and implementing the full range of modern community transportation systems.

About the Author:

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.

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