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Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World

Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World

Edited by Michiel Bliemer, Corinne Mulley and Claudine J. Moutou

This Handbook provides comprehensive coverage of all of the major factors that underpin our understanding of urban and transport planning in the developed world. Combining urban and transport planning in one volume, the chapters present the state of the art as well as new research and directions for the future. It is an essential reference to all the key issues in this area as well as signalling areas of concern and future research paths. Academics, researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners will find it a constant source of information and guidance.

Chapter 10: Stakeholders, politics, and media

Rachel Aldred

Subjects: environment, transport, geography, cities and urban geography, human geography, transport geography/mobilities, politics and public policy, public policy, urban and regional studies, transport, urban studies, planning


This chapter explores relationships between stakeholders, politics, and the media in relation to transport and urban planning, within the context of the need to move towards more sustainable mobility systems. It addresses these themes by discussing a case study of cycling in London, where the recent policy context has been shaped both by media and by cycling advocates. The chosen case study allows some broader conclusions to be drawn about social change and the prospects of moving to more sustainable transport systems. These relate to: 1. The role of the ‘old’ media in encouraging or blocking sustainable transport. 2. The relationship of ‘old’ and ‘new’ forms of media in transport policy debates. 3. How advocacy communities are seeking to overcome traditional barriers to change. 4. How current social trends are creating the context for political and policy change. The chapter outlines briefly some key themes in the literature around ‘participation’ and citizen involvement in transport, including barriers related to institutional processes and to specific technical tools (transport modelling).

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