Everyone is a transport user, and most of us live in towns or cities, but how much of what we take for granted about transport is true? This book begins with ten questions, revealing some of the myths that have influenced politicians and transport planners as well as the general public. Are governments trying to ‘get us out of our cars’? Is better public transport the solution to congestion in cities? Does Britain have a shortage of family housing? Some of the conclusions are surprising: improvements to roads or public transport make little difference to urban congestion and if we want to make our transport more sustainable we must save green fields and house more people in our cities.
The without the hot air series aim to make technical subjects accessible to a wide readership – this one has also proved useful in teaching undergraduates and postgraduates.
Read more about the book and hear author Steve Melia talk about it on his website SteveMelia.co.uk http://www.stevemelia.co.uk/urbantransport.html.
Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival May 21st : https://www.hayfestival.com/p-9562-steve-melia-talks-to-andy-fryers.aspx
University of the West of England, Bristol, Thursday June 4th 18.00 – 19.30 Room 2B020, B Block, Frenchay campus. The talk will be chaired by Prof. Graham Parkhurst and will be followed by mingling and book signing with a glass of wine. Registration required – please register here http://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=16953.
University of Plymouth, Thursday June 18th 18.00 – 20.00 Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building. The talk will be chaired by Prof. Jon Shaw. Registration required – please register here: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/urban-transport-without-the-hot-air.