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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 14: Street networks

Wesley Marshall, Norman Garrick and Stephen Marshall

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


The design and planning of street networks is a lost art in contemporary transportation studies. For much of the past 60 years, the focus in transportation has been on optimizing the performance of individual transportation links. However, this is beginning to change with a growing awareness of the important role that the overall street network plays for efficient and sustainable transportation performance as well as placemaking. This renewed awareness is reflected with an increasing attention of this subject by scholars in such fields as urban planning, geography, and, to a lesser extent, transportation engineering. The emerging interest in street networks is not just limited to professionals – it is also spreading across the general population. For example, the story of the Manhattan street network was the subject of a major exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York in 2011 and 2012. This broad-based reawakening of the subject of street networks illustrates the larger point that street networks are not just about transportation; they influence almost all aspects of urban life. Academic research on this subject is beginning to support long-held beliefs by urban planners that a good street network is a necessary foundation for building strong and vital cities.

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