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Pedestrian Stories: Recovering Sustainable Urban Mobility

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Publication date1/02/2020
Host publicationA U-Turn to the Future: Sustainable Urban Mobility since 1850
EditorsMartin Emanuel, Frank Schipper, Ruth Oldenziel
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherBerghahn Books
ISBN (electronic)9781789205602
ISBN (print)9781789205596
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameExplorations in Mobility
PublisherBerghahn Books


For most of human history walking has been the principal form of transport for many journeys and it remains the most environmentally and socially sustainable way of travelling. This chapter uses data drawn from a range of qualitative sources to demonstrate how travelers’ attitudes to walking for everyday journeys have changed over time, and to examine the reasons for these changes. It is suggested that three factors have been especially significant: perceptions of normality, attitudes to risk and perceptions of busyness. I argue that the re-establishment of past attitudes towards walking could help to produce much more sustainable urban mobility.