Part of encouraging increased bicycling among the population is making
land use work better for short trips. If the nearest store is ten miles
from home, few people will ride to get a loaf of bread!
Cities and Automobile Dependence: An International Sourcebook; by Newman and Kenworthy; survey of major cities around the world; it compares their liveability and dependence on the automobile for personal mobility with fascinating comparisons; for example, Toronto has 17 percent transit use compared to Detroit with only 0.8 percent; $79.95 from Gower's Publishing Company, Old Post Road, Brookfield VT 05036 (802) 276-3162
Dealing with Change in the Connecticut River Valley: A Design Manual for Conservation and Development; by Yaro, Arendt, Dodson, and Brabec; rich with graphics, this manual explains how a community can use creative planning guidelines to accommodate growth and preserve rural landscapes; 182p.; 32 p.; $30.00 from Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 111 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138.
Livable Streets; by Donald Appleyard; a classic look at what makes streets places to live rather than simply conduits for motor vehicles; $14.95 from University of California Press, Berkeley CA 94720.
Rural by Design: Maintaining Small Town Character; by
Randall Arendt; dealing with the character of towns, alternative scenarios
for conservation and development, implementation techniques and case examples;
$84.95 hardcover from APA Planners Press, APA Planners Bookstore, 1313 E.
60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (312) 955-9100, fax (312) 955-8312
A New Theory of Urban Design; by Alexander, Neis, Anninou, and King; in this brief volume of the multi-part Center for Environmental Structure series (which features A Pattern Language, the Timeless Way to Build, the Production of Houses, and the Linz Cafe), Alexander et. al. put forth seven rules of urban development and test them through graduate student projects; $39.95 from Oxford Press.
New Visions for Metropolitan America; by Anthony Downs; prososes three alternative visions that reverse the trend to sprawl; 256p.; $28.95 from Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 111 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138.
Land Use in America; by Henry Diamond and Patrick Noonan; analysis of growth issues and proposals for accommodating growth in more environmentally sound ways; 368p.; $26.95 from Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 111 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138.
Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak-Hour Traffic Congestion; by Anthony Downs; examines the relationship between land use and travel demand; 210p.; $12.95 from Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 111 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138.
The Transportation/Land Use Connection; report #448/449; by Terry Moore and Paul Thorsnes; exhaustive look at the linkage between transportation and land use from an Oregon perspective; $30.00 from American Planning Association's Planning Advisory Service, 1313 E. 60th St., Chicago IL 60637.
Visions for a New American Dream; by Anton Clarence Nelssen; design book dealing with the process, definition and program characteristics, analyzing the past to better plan and design the future; one weakness is the bike-specific advice; has information on visual preference surveys; $50.00 paperback from APA Planners Bookstore, 1313 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (312) 955-9100, fax (312) 955-8312