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60World Transport Policy & Practice, Vol 7, No. 1 -- quarterly announcement

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  • eric.britton@ecoplan.org
    May 8 7:10 AM
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      The Journal of World Transport Policy & Practice, a quarterly journal edited
      by John Whitelegg and e-published by The Commons, is pleased to announce
      that Volume 7, Number 1, 2001 has just been just placed on the Journal site
      at http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/wt_index.htm as a 1,2 Mo PDF file. You are
      welcome to browse the site for back issues. (A smaller text only version of
      7-1 will be posted to the site within the next 24 hours.)

      This latest edition of the Journal is available free of charge as Adobe
      Acrobat PDF files on the Internet at
      [http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/wt_index.htm%5d. This policy of open
      distribution is intended help it to reach a wider readership, encompassing
      advocates and activists as well as academics and advisers. While the
      Journal is made freely available on the Web, institutional subscribers and
      individuals with good salaries are asked to support the Journal through
      voluntary subscriptions as explained on the site. These contributions help
      us to make the journal available freely to students and people working in
      the developing countries who otherwise would find the $120 annual an
      insuperable barrier.

      Below, please find further details. You may also wish to have a look at the
      Today! edition of this date at www.carfreeday.com or
      http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp which carries the lead editorial of the Journal
      and further background.

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      CONTENTS of Volume 7, Number 1, 2001:

      o Editorial, J. Whitelegg
      o I Quit, Patrick Kinnersly
      o Walking & cycling - does common neglect equal common interests?, Philine
      o The Safety & Security issues of Women drivers & passengers, Andrée
      Woodcock, James Lenard & Ruth Welsh
      o The effects of car sharing on travel behaviour: analysis of CarSharing
      Portland's first year, Richard Katzev, David Brook & Matthew Nice
      o Private vehicle restraint measures - Lessons for India, K.S. Nesamani &
      Kaushik Deb
      o Pedestrian flow characteristics at an intermodal transfer terminal in
      Calcutta, A.K. Sarkar & K.S.V.S. Janardhan
      o Book Review

      ABSTRACTS of articles:

      I Quit - Patrick Kinnersly
      Patrick Kinnersly has been campaigning for sane, safe, integrated transport
      for most of the 1990s in Southern England. He has realised that regardless
      of the strength of his argument, the Government has chosen to ignore him and
      others and continue with the discredited 'predict and provide' approach to
      transport infrastructure. Here we publish his open letter to Halcrow, the
      consultants contracted by the Government to conduct the London to South West
      & South Wales Multi-Modal Study.
      Walking & cycling - does common neglect equal common interests? - Philine
      Walking and cycling are beginning to receive more attention in transport
      planning in Great Britain. But although they are generally described with
      similar attributes, they often receive differing treatment in the public and
      political arena. This article explores the main differences as well as
      similarities between the modes and explains why these should be seen as
      mutual strengths enabling them to grow together to each other's (and
      everyone else's) mutual benefit.

      The Safety & Security issues of Women drivers & passengers - Andrée
      Woodcock, James Lenard & Ruth Welsh
      This research was commissioned by the Mobility Unit of the Department of the
      Environment, Transport and the Regions to address the in-car safety and
      security needs of women drivers and their passengers. The research was
      multifaceted. It sought to establish whether cars which have been designed
      and tested around male manikins and anthropometry were less protective to
      female drivers and their passengers; whether such vehicles met the
      requirements of the growing number of female users, and the experiences of
      female drivers on the road. Lastly we considered means of disseminating our
      results to a wide audience, through the use of posters and web sites (see
      Woodcock, Galer Flyte & Garner, 2001). The research presented here considers
      the first two issues and concluding with recommendations for future policy.

      The effects of car sharing on travel behaviour: analysis of CarSharing
      Portland's first year Richard Katzev, David Brook & Matthew Nice
      A review and analysis of the mobility behaviour of CarSharing Portland (CSP)
      members during its first year of operation. Comprehensive surveys and
      one-week trip diaries were administered before individuals joined the
      organisation and at the end of the first year. A periodic need for a vehicle
      was their principal reason for joining CSP. The effect of membership in CSP
      on overall vehicle travel was either no change or a slight increase in VMT.
      However, members reported an increasing frequency of bus trips, walking and
      cycling. In addition 26% sold their personal vehicle and 53% were able to
      avoid purchasing one. These results were discussed in terms of the
      psychology of the car sharing experience and how membership in the
      organisation affected travel behaviour.

      Private vehicle restraint measures - Lessons for India - K.S. Nesamani &
      Kaushik Deb
      India is facing a traffic nightmare with increasing rates of motor vehicle
      ownership. There are lessons to be learned from many cities throughout Asia
      about how to restrain traffic growth. These include vehicle ownership
      restraint and use limitation.

      Pedestrian flow characteristics at an intermodal transfer terminal in
      Calcutta - A.K. Sarkar & K.S.V.S. Janardhan
      In recent years, walking as a transportation mode has gained recognition as
      a basic building block in urban design. It is highly suitable for a certain
      kinds of journeys. To encourage walking and to make it more safe, convenient
      and attractive, the physical facilities must be available to support the
      physiological and social needs of pedestrians. It is important, therefore,
      that the flow characteristics of pedestrians be understood properly to aid
      the planning and design of facilities. Keeping in view the above facts, a
      study has been conducted at an inter-modal transfer terminal in the Calcutta
      Metropolitan District, and relationships of speed, density, flow and space
      have been developed. The paper also discusses the problems of pedestrian
      movement in Calcutta and suggests a few policy decisions for providing safe,
      convenient and pleasant movement.