Here’s a new book from Rodney Tolley Conference Director of Walk21 and Paul Tranter Honorary Associate Professor in Geography at UNSW in Canberra Australia.
Called Slow Cities: Conquering our speed addiction for health and sustainability this book provides a well documented reference on how we got to value and weigh transportation networks around vehicles, and what we need to do to change the paradigm.
“Slow Cities demonstrates, counterintuitively, that reducing the speed of travel within cities saves time for people and creates more sustainable, liveable, prosperous and healthy environments. By ‘slowing the city’ we mean both reducing the speed of existing motorised transport as well as encouraging a mode shift to the supposedly ‘slower’ modes of walking, cycling and public transport.
The book begins by outlining how speed came to have such a dominant impact on the way we plan, design and operate cities, even though the supposed advantages of speed are largely illusory when they are carefully assessed.
We explain that instead of providing advantages, speed can steal our time, our money and our health and we outline policies, strategies, tactics and behavioural interventions that can be employed to create healthier ‘slow cities’.
The final chapter presents a ‘Manifesto for 21st Century Slow Cities’ and an afterword explains the critical relevance of such cities in a world transformed by the COVID-19 crisis. We hope that this book will help revolutionise how we think about speed and health, and inspire fundamental change in how we plan and design for how we move and live in cities.”