How transport modes can be combined to produce affordable and environmentally sound solutions
Fast Wheels, Slow Traffic
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Charles L. Wright
Fast Wheels, Slow Traffic shows how the characteristics of modes of transportation can be combined to produce affordable, environmentally sound solutions to urban transport problemssolutions tailored to meet the demands of cities with radically different economies and transportation needs. With provocative and often entertaining examples, Charles Wright elucidates the problems endemic to urban transportation systems and the faculty analysis endemic to urban planning.
In examining the traits of various transport modes, Wright builds a case that favors busses over cars or railway systems. All manner of conveyances studied, including walking and cycling, and practical examples are drawn from both the United States and abroad. One such example is Brasília, the modernistic Brazilian capital, designed in the 1950s, which is a paradox of modern transportation. Here, city planners, relying on the automobile, separated residential and business districts. As a result, Brasília, with lower population density than other Brazilian cities, has far greater congestion and has become notoriously dangerous city for pedestrians trying to cross the street.
The author demonstrates how promoters of expensive transport systems have "lied with statistics" to make their cases. Whether it's a matter of crossing the street in Brasília or riding a bike in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Wright sees transport planning as a cooperative processthe best solutions are simple, low-cost, environmentally sound, and sustainable.
Tables and Figures
Part I: Introduction
Part II: Characteristics of Transport Modes, Cities, and Users
Part III: Formulating and Evaluating Transport Strategies and Projects
Charles L. Wright is Associate Professor of Economics, currently on leave from the University of Brasília.
In the series
Conflicts in Urban and Regional Development, edited by John R. Logan and Todd Swanstrom.
Conflicts in Urban and Regional Development, edited by John R. Logan and Todd Swanstrom, includes books on urban policy and issues of city and regional planning, accounts of the political economy of individual cities, and books that compare policies across cities and countries.