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Handbook on Transport and Development

Handbook on Transport and Development

Edited by Robin Hickman, Moshe Givoni, David Bonilla and David Banister

This Handbook provides an extensive overview of the relationships between transport and development. With 45 chapters from leading international authors, the book is organised in three main parts: urban structure and travel; transport and spatial impacts; and wider dimensions in transport and development. The chapters each present commentary on key issues within these themes, presenting the debate on the impacts of urban structure on travel, the impacts of transport investment on development, and social and cultural change on travel. A multitude of angles are considered – leaving the reader with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the field.

Chapter 1: The transport and development relationship

Robin Hickman, Moshe Givoni, David Bonilla and David Banister

Subjects: development studies, development studies, economics and finance, environmental economics, transport, environment, environmental economics, transport, urban and regional studies, transport


Arthur Miller’s ([1949] 2000: 12) famous prose on the aspiration for life in suburbia, sometimes followed by the diffidence with it, nicely encapsulates the focus of this edited collection: Linda: We should’ve bought the land next door. Willy: The street is lined with cars. There’s not a breath of fresh air in the neighbourhood. The grass don’t grow anymore, you can’t raise a carrot in the backyard. They should’ve had a law against apartment houses. Remember those two beautiful elm trees out there? When I and Biff hung the swing between them? Linda: Yeah, like being a million miles from the city. There has been much discussion about the relationships between the built form and travel, and between transport investment and development, with many differences in opinion offered. There are wider factors that influence the relationships, such as individual and societal attitudes, and changes also occur over time. This area of research – the changing nexus between transport and development – has been examined and debated since at least the late 1800s, from the building of the early railway systems in Europe; through to the development of the major highway and motorway networks in the United States and Europe from the 1920s onwards, and continuing in many contexts.