Walking is the most ancient mode of transportation. It is also the most common and cheapest physical activity. Yet, arguably, walking more than other travel modes, is influenced by the sociodemographic characteristics of the walker (age, gender, income, culture), the environmental attributes of the setting (vehicular traffic, crime rates, air quality, etc.) and the characteristics of the urban form (availability, comfort, and quality of walking infrastructure, connectivity to different destinations). Additionally, different types of walking (walking to work or to school, for recreation, or to carry different errands) may be influenced by different factors. When walking is part of a larger trip that involves other modes, the type of interface of these different modes may also be critical. Despite the importance of walking for mobility, health and greener cities, certain types of walking trips have decreased over the last decades, specifically in countries of the Global North. For example, the market share of commuters walking to work has dropped significantly in the US, while walking trips to school have also decreased dramatically in this country, as well as in the UK and Australia. At the same time, cities have employed different design interventions to facilitate and enhance walking, and a number of indices have been created to assess walkability. Contributions to this special issue will review the literature to cast more light on some of these issues.
The editor invites papers on a wide range of issues pertaining to the topic of walking. Some particularly interesting questions are as follows:
- What are the socio-cultural, environmental, and urban form determinants of walking and how have they changed over time? How may these determinants differ depending on different types of walking trips (i.e. commuting, walking for recreation or exercise, walking for errands) or different geographic contexts (urban, suburban, exurban, rural)?
- How can we best assess walkability? What is the efficacy and usefulness of the various walkability indices? Does increased walkability lead to more walking?
- What is the relationship between enhanced walkability and other travel modes? Does enhanced walkability relate in any measurable way to decreased use of automobiles and increased use of transit? Do attention to the “whole journey” and improvements in the first mile/last mile of transit have impacts on transit use?
- Can we increase walking by design? How have design initiatives such as “complete streets,” “living streets,” “pedestrian-only streets,” “parklets,” etc. fared in increasing walking?
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Transport Reviews is an international review journal covering all aspects of transport. It provides authoritative and up to date research-based reviews of transport related topics that are informative to those that are knowledgeable in the subject area. It also provides a means by which experts from different backgrounds can find out about the subject area, so the papers should be accessible to a wide ranging readership.
How to submit your paper
Submission full paper deadline: 1st October 2018
Final decision: August 2019
Publication: 40(1) – first issue of 2020
Full details on how to prepare your paper can be found on the Transport Reviews Instructions for Authors page.
Papers should be submitted through the Journal’s online submission system, ScholarOne. Please be sure to indicate that your paper is for this Special Issue during the submission process.
- Guest Editor: Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA (email@example.com)