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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, buy a copy for your local MP!, 27 April 2012
This review is from: Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-addicted Culture (Paperback)
An excellent book, although a few years old it is still highly relevant today as nothing has really changed!

I choose to read it out of my interest in better transport policy and urban design, and for me I found it contained a lot of 'truisms' and common sense. However, these were backed up with studies and well thought out, non-polarising arguments, which should hopefully make it more comprehensible and persuasive to the average motoring member of the public. Such an approach is particularly valuable at present as the debate has as partisan as ever (e.g. the Addison Lee cyclist bashing of late).

The stuff about urban sprawl, out of town shopping, and car-based suburbia I found rang home very true. With Rio+20 approaching I can't help but think that we have an opportunity to stop the developing world making the same mistake as we have in the West. Their growth gives them the opportunity to develop their cities in anyway they please, but this must not be in the style of the USA/post-war Britain. They can go for a dense, 'fingered' approach, built around public transport corridors and fast, safe, direct, uninterrupted walking and cycling routes.

Finally, I only have one complaint. That is her (somewhat bizarre) occasional tirades against civil engineers. As a civil engineer myself I'm fairly sure she doesn't fully understand what our profession is: i.e. solving transport problems, water problems etc. whatever method is best, not just through automatically pouring concrete. Talk to most transport civil engineers these days and they'll eat your ear off about road user charging etc., in the same way that water engineers when asked about flooding will go on about SUDS and stopping development on flood plains rather than about flood walls! However, I am willing to admit that she probably had bad experiences meeting some less enlightened colleagues in the industry / dinosaurs. Unfortunately they do still roam aplenty!
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