By Lynn Sloman
Green books ltd, UK, 2006
This book is pretty in depth so would be best for someone with some experience in pedestrian and transport related issues. If you live in Christchurch it is available from the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology library.
The book covers the following subjects:
- Our love affair with the car
- Principles of how to de-motorise our environment.
- Public transport
- Designing for the space between buildings
- Why the political system cannot handle transport
- Learning how not to drive
- A look at the future
Here are a couple of my favourite quotes from the book to encourage you to read the book.
“China still has a reasonably low use of cars but is rapidly growing so is an ideal population to test the affects of getting a car. Among the 4700 adults in the study, the odds of being obese were 70% greater for men if they owned a car. For women, the odds were 85% greater. Car ownership nearly doubled the risk of being obese”
“Among the poorest households (those whose income is in the lowest 20 percent) less than half own a car. Most pensioner households (69 percent) do not own a car. Most single parent families (56 percent) are also without a car”