Macropolicy - Moving to a Sustainable Transport System

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Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-addicted Culture

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Finding the optimum: revenue/capital investment balance for sustainable travel

This report presents evidence showing that deployment of a mixture of both revenue and capital investment produces the best results for sustainable transport and is most cost-effective.

Commissioned by Department for Transport. (2014)

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Towards Transport Justice: Transport & Social Justice in an Oil-Scarce Future

This report addressed concerns about the potential for increased ‘transport poverty’ in light of sharp rises in oil prices and the possibility that tighter oil supply will become a permanent situation. It analysed how sustainable transport options can help prevent increased social exclusion as oil supply becomes more restricted.

Commissioned by Sustrans. (2008)

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Sustainable Transport for Wales

This document examined what the Welsh Assembly Government could do to create a sustainable and fair transport system for Wales. It laid out policies to give companies and the public options to go about their business with less dependence on cars and lorries. Its financial analysis showed that 76% of present transport spending in Walesgoes on roads, an emphasis inconsistent with the Welsh Assembly’s commitment to sustainability.

The report was commissioned by Sustrans Cymru to coincide with the publication of the Welsh Assembly Government’s draft Wales Transport Strategy. (2006)

Download: Full version of Sustainable Transport for Wales (in English) [pdf 175kB]

Download: Full version of Sustainable Transport for Wales (in Welsh) [pdf 176kB]

Download: Summary version of Sustainable Transport for Wales (in English) [pdf 154kB]

Download: Summary version of Sustainable Transport for Wales (in Welsh) [pdf 158kB]


Car Sick by Lynn Sloman cover imageCar Sick: Solutions for Our Car-addicted Culture

Lynn Sloman’s book Car Sick is a passionate, well-argued case for moving away from a car-centred to a people-centred society.  By documenting where change has already been achieved it shows how it is possible to change our travel behaviour.  







The twenty-first century is gridlocked. Mass motorisation has ruptured community ties, bankrupted tens of thousands of family shops, and bred a nation of obese children and adults. Politicians stumble from one transport crisis to the next.

Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-addicted Culture proposes a novel way forward – not through ‘big-bang’ civil engineering projects, but by getting people to think about their choices, rather than reaching for their car-keys.  It shows how de-motorisation works: in place of traffic, it offers neighbourly streets and vibrant city centres. From small towns like Winterthur in Switzerland to the centre of London, de-motorisation is transforming urban surroundings. Copenhagen’s decision to create pedestrian streets in the city centre has made it an outdoor theatre, filled with celebration and spectacle, even in winter.  We do not need to get rid of cars altogether. What we do need to do is to change the way we think about travel.


Cars cause environmental destruction, provoke stress and tear the heart out of communities. Car Sick provides a page-turning account of how we got into this mess, and more importantly, charts an attractive way out. If you’ve got a car, read this book. It will change your views, and could change your life.

Tony Juniper, former Executive Director, Friends of the Earth

Lynn Sloman has played a key role in making London the only major city in the world to achieve a ‘modal shift’ from car usage to buses, cycling and walking, and her fascinating new book makes an important contribution to the debate about where we go next.

Ken Livingstone, Ex-Mayor of London

Transport isn’t working. Car Sick shows why, and sets out clearly what the answers are. A must-read for everyone interested in transport.

Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport

Lynn Sloman is known for her serious and careful studies of the impacts of transport policy initiatives. In this book she does something new: she treats changes in travel behaviour from the point of view of the individual and family. Her characters are real, named people – her friends, and neighbours, and associates - who live the pressures and constraints of everyday life in a car-dependent culture. She traces what happens when they have sought ways of leading a good life without a car, or using a car sparingly. This is transport planning with a human scale, with a necessary, thought-provoking and encouraging message.

Professor Phil Goodwin, Professor of Transport Policy, Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England

Ordering details:

ISBN 1 903998 76 X
£10.95 paperback
190 pages
Published by Green Books

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