CNU Transportation Summit Advance Reading Material

Please check out the latest summit agenda before the summit.

Here is some material to read on the plane, bus or streetcar before the summit.

The 2009 summit will build on the work of the 2008 Charlotte summit expanding our knowledge
of sustainable transportation networks. Members are developing a statement of principles on Sustainable Transportation Networks. CNU members worked on a statement of Sustainable Network Principles (PDF) for ratification at the summit.

The CNU Agenda Planning Committee Members are drafted these principles to augment and amplify the Charter of the New Urbanism for
that will be presented at the summit. We welcome your comments for discussion in Portland.

Other materials:

Here is new research that Lawrence Frank will present on Friday November 6 at the Summit. Travel, Health, and Climate Impacts of Street Network Design: An Evaluation of Connectivity

ABSTRACT: This presentation will convey recent evidence asserting that route directness between destinations is an important predictor of the willingness to walk to potentially nearby destinations, and overall household travel patterns. In addition, evidence will be presented on how the level of street connectivity and resulting route directness relates with per capita levels of physical activity, body weight, and generation of vehicle emissions (air pollutants / greenhouse gas emissions). A detailed assessment of the travel choice impacts of vehicle versus pedestrian route directness to recreational and utilitarian destinations (shops and services) will also be presented. The presentation will conclude with a set of policy implications of street network design on travel, health, and climate stabilization.

Also take a look at this paper by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute Where We Want To Be: Household Location Preferences And Their Implications For Smart Growth

This paper investigates consumer housing preferences and their implications for future urban development patterns. Market research indicates that households increasingly prefer smart growth features such as location accessibility (indicated by shorter commutes), land use mix (indicated by nearby shops and services), and transportation diversity (indicated by good walking conditions and public transit services), and many will choose small-lots and attached homes that offer these features over large-lot sprawl homes that do not. The current stock of large-lot housing should be adequate for decades, but the supply of small-lot and attached housing will need to approximately double by 2025 to meet consumer demands.