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Review: Peter Cox’s Moving People

01/07/2014 - city writing | écritures urbaines / inspirations

Moving-people

 

I reviewed Peter Cox’s lively, concise and wise book on sustainable transport, Moving People. 

An excerpt follows below, with the full article at the African Centre for Cities’ urbanafrica.net

Although published in 2010, Peter Cox’s Moving People: Sustainable Transport Development remains a useful and rewarding read in 2014, despite the rapid growth and constant evolution of sustainable transport in both the rich and the poor worlds.

The great advantage of Moving People is in single authorship, which allows for a consistency of style and a richness of cross-referencing that allows for a planet’s worth of data and case studies to coalesce into a memorable and human-scaled narrative.

And that narrative, as the title makes plain, describes the shift in thinking about transport from planning for the movement of vehicles to planning for the movement of people. Cox shows, through a shrewd selection of case studies, how the superannuated 20th-century paradigm that equates modernity with motorisation is yielding, fitfully and unevenly, to one of mixed mobilities, in which mobility itself shifts from being an individual freedom to a public good.

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