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Issue 1 (08-22-01)
How livable communities support sustainable transportation.

reports and books
journal articles

Reports and books:

The Road to Sprawl�Washington, DC: Friends of the Earth, 2001. Full text at

SafeScape: Creating Safer, more Liveable Communities through Planning and Design. Al Zelinka and Dean Brennan American Planning Association Planners' Press, 2001. ISBN 1-884829-37-6. Ordering information available from the Planners' Book Service.

2001 Urban Mobility Study. College Station, TX: Texas Transportation Institute, 2001. Full text at:


Web sites:

Institute for Transport and Development Policy. The Institute was established in 1985, and works to promote environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation policies and projects worldwide. Programs focus on improving transportation and land use governance, strengthening the human-powered vehicle industry, and improving non-motorized transportation safety and planning. Full-text web site resources include the Institute's web bulletin, TransActions, the online verion of their annual magazine, Sustainable Transport, and other publications. Links to related sites are available.

The Great Lakes Information Network, sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission.
(This portal site is rich in information resources on the Great Lakes region. Topics include land use, sustainable transportation, including bicycling and hiking, many environmental subjects, and much more. The site index provides a complete listing.)


Journal articles:

"Evaluating Pedestrian Connectivity for Suburban Sustainability." Todd A. Randall and Brian W. Baetz. Journal of Urban Planning and Development. March 2001. Vol. 127, No. 1 pp. 1-15.
( The authors introduce the term "pedestrian connectivity" as a measure for retrofitting pedestrian enhancements to an existing suburban neighborhood. Using ArcView GIS, they examine the directness of route and the route distance for the pedestrian for journeys by foot. Proposed improvements include the addition of sidewalks and access pathways to design shorter and more direct routes. Reduced energy consumption, and therefore greater sustainability, may be achieved by designing suburban neighborhoods to allow walking for some transportation needs and to promote regional transit system use. Results of the modelling application applied to a neighborhood in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, demonstrate how improvements to neighborhood walking routes could improve conditions for pedestrians.)

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"Buses and Bicycles: Design Alternatives for Sharing the Road." Michelle M. DeRobertis and Rhonda Rae. ITE Journal. May 2001. Volume 71, No. 5. pp. 36-44.
This feature article focuses on alternative design solutions to implement bicycle commuting plans with transit agencies to ameliorate potential conflicts between bicycles and buses. Case studies examined include these locations: San Fransisco, CA, USA; Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Lima, Peru, Minneapolis, MN, and others.

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