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Active Transport: why and where do people (not) walk or cycle?
Guest Managing Editor
Seraphim Alvanides (Northumbria University, UK) [log in to unmask]
Submission deadline: May 18, 2014
The increasing emphasis on active forms of transport as a result of
health threats and environmental concerns is slowly finding its way
into policy initiatives. Yet, the modal shift from motorised to active
transport is slower than expected and for some cities and countries it
is stagnating. Clearly, more needs to be done to encourage walking and
cycling, in recognition of the potential health and environmental
benefits, but the evidence base for interventions is still relatively
Why and where do people choose to walk or travel and what constraints
are facing those who do not? Do people walk and cycle because of the
perceived health benefits, because it is seen as sustainable and
environmentally friendly or is it simply a necessity for some people,
especially in the current economic climate? For this special issue we
seek submissions encompassing transport and health research on walking
and/or cycling, with an emphasis on geographical and spatial
perspectives. Much of the interest on active transport comes from
outside of geography, with public health and built environment
professionals and researchers exploring the role of non-motorised
modes on health outcomes.
We invite researchers and professionals from the fields of transport
or health to consider a geographical perspective on active transport.
We also invite colleagues from the fields of transport / social /
health geography and spatial sciences to consider how we can influence
public policy and more theoretically the role of geography.
Topics of interest include all aspects of active transport with an
emphasis on space. Notably, the social and spatial distribution of
active forms of transport, the impact of walking and/or cycling on
health outcomes, the constraints restricting further modal shift
towards non-motorised transport, as well as theoretical considerations
on the geography of active transport.
All contributions will be peer reviewed according to the usual
standards of the journal.
Submission: Please submit your manuscript online via
http://ees.elsevier.com/jth/default.asp When choosing Manuscript
“Article Type” of the submission procedure, click “SI: Walking &
Cycling” otherwise your submission will be handled as a regular