We are happy to introduce a new book by Paul Tranter (Honorary Associate Professor of Geography, School of Science at UNSW Canberra, Australia) and Rodney Tolley (Conference Director, Walk21 and Honorary Research Fellow, Staffordshire University, UK)
Slow Cities: Conquering Our Speed Addiction for Health and Sustainability shows that reducing the speed of travel in cities saves time for people and creates more sustainable, liveable, prosperous and healthy environments. By ‘slowing the city’ the authors refer to both reducing the speed of existing motorised transport as well as encouraging a mode shift to the supposedly ‘slower’ modes of walking, cycling and public transport.
The book lays out how speed came to have such a dominant impact on the way we plan, design and operate cities, even though the supposed advantages of speed are largely illusory when carefully assessed.
The authors explain that instead of providing advantages, speed can steal our time, our money and our health and they outline policies, strategies, tactics and behavioural interventions that can be employed to create healthier ‘slow cities’. The final chapter presents a ‘Manifesto for 21st Century Slow Cities’ and an afterword establishing the critical relevance of such cities in a world transformed by the COVID-19 crisis.