Health at the Crossroads: Transport Policy and Urban Health / Edition 1

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This book examines the health effects of urban traffic, focusing on traumatic injury and pollution-related respiratory disease. It suggests innovative policy initiatives and evaluates the expected public health benefits.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is of interest to health care professionals, academics, transport policy makes and local national government officers, and important addition to the analysis of this problem." (International Journal of Environmental Science, Vol. 56, No. 1, 1999)
International Journal of Environmental Science
This book is of interest to health care professionals, academics, transport policy makes and local national government officers, and important addition to the analysis of this problem.
International Journal of Environmental Science
This book is of interest to health care professionals, academics, transport policy makes and local national government officers, and important addition to the analysis of this problem.
Taking advantage of the apparent filtering of light on the matter to policy makers in recent years, 28 papers consider the impact of transportation policy on the health of various groups and the population as a whole. They report on such aspects as approaches to scientific uncertainty, injuries and deaths on the roads internationally, raising the profile of health in setting urban agendas, and whether the market can deliver if the full cost of cars is assessed. They also describe conditions and responses in Europe, Arhus, Bangkok, Delhi, Boston, and London. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471962724
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/18/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Fletcher

Tony Fletcher, who was born in Yorkshire, England, almost the exact week Keith Moon joined the band that would become the Who, still treasures the great drummer's autograph on a 1978 issue of the magazine Jamming!, which he started as a schoolboy in London. In the several lifetimes since, Fletcher has written books on R.E.M. and Echo and the bunnymen, contributed to magazines, newspapers, and television shows all over the world, and worked extensively as a DJ and A&R consultant. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young son.

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Table of Contents






Introduction (T. Fletcher, A. J. McMichael).

Transport and Health: Assessing the Risks (A. J. McMichael).

Approaches to scientific uncertainty (D. Gee).

Research Methods in Air Pollution Epidemiology (K. Katsouyanni).

Health Effects of Air Pollution from Traffic: Ozone and Particulate Matter (J. Shwartz).


Scientific basis for establishing air quality standards: their role in quantitative risk assessment and in monitoring the effectiveness of intervention strategies (I. Romieu).



Introduction (T. Fletcher, A. J. McMichael).

Injuries and death on the roads - an international perspective (E. Brühning).

Issues in Transport Injury Research (P. Bly).

Road Safety in the Developing World (G. Jacobs).


Introduction (T. Fletcher, A. J. McMichael).

Evaluating the Wider Impact on Health and Quality of Life (J. Ashton).

Raising the profile of health in setting urban agendas (G. Goldstein).

Health Promotion: The Potential of Non-Motorized Transport (M. Hillman).


Introduction (T. Fletcher, A. J. McMichael).

Innovative urban transport planning - examples from Europe: car-free town centries and residential areas - utopia or reality? (C. Hadd-Klau)

Transport and enviromental quality in Århus, Denmark: targets and priority areas of action (J. Brunde).

Automobile dependence in Bangkok: an international comparison with implications for planning policies and air pollution (J. R. Kenworthy).

Issues in Planning for Heterogeneous Traffic: The Case Study of Delhi (G. Tiwari).

Shaping transport and health policy: a case study in the Boston Metropolitan area, Massachusetts, USA (D. S. Greenbaum).

Transport in London and the implications for health (J. Ferguson, M. McCarthy).



Are transport policies driven by health concerns? (P. B. Goodwin)

Assessing the full cost of cars: can the market deliver? (K. J. Button)

Sustainable Transport Policies: State of the Art (F. Walter, et al.).

Overview - future directions in policy and research (J. Whitelegg).

Future directions in policy and research: a public health perspective (J. Steensberg).


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