Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities 1st Edition

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  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 0470540931
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0470540930


“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.

Editorial Reviews


“He has written a compact, engaging, and approachable text that is ideally suited to bringing a diverse group of students up to speed on the topic and providing and a launching point for supplementary readings and discussions. This book provides an ideal overview of key issues, a helpful quick reference on design guidelines, and a long reading list for those interested in digging further into the subject.” (, August 2012)”Sustainable Transportation Planning is an outstanding, easy to navigate source for planners of all kinds, not just transportation specialists… is an ideal book for America’s many citizen-planners.” (Better! Cities & Towns, April-May 2012)

“. . .Tumlin argues that on the whole, transportation planning has remained overly focused on engineering. If planners took a broader approach to how urban regions work, he contends, they could serve those places more economically and also enhance liveability.” (Better! Cities & Towns, March 2012)

“Tumlin’s book starts with a provocative chapter on recent research into brain chemistry, noting how excessive driving makes us anti-social and stupid. Conversely, more walking and biking contribute to making us happier, sexier, and smarter.” (Ecohome, March 2012)

“Transportation planning and urban planning, mobility and accessibility don’t have to be mutually exclusive anymore, and Tumlin’s book is a good place to learn about sustainable transportation planning.” (, January 2012)

From the Inside Flap

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.


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