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Achieving Sustainable Mobility. By Erling Holden. Sustainable mobility includes the development of more efficient conventional transport technologies and the promotion of efficient and affordable public transport systems. Using an interdisciplinary approach which brings together several theories and methodologies, this book tests various approaches with detailed empirical investigations. As Kindle | More...

At Roads End. By Daniel Carlson et al. Presents new models for transportation planning, describes strategies for resolving disputes, and demonstrates that new ways of planning and implementing transportation systems can work. As Kindle | More...

Beat High Gas Prices Now! By Diane MacEachern. Sets out practical, and easy-to-do things one can do to reduce gasoline consumption, and quantifies the savings that will result. As Kindle | More… | Diane MacEachern EcoSpeakers Info >>

Bicycle Repair Manual. By Richard Ballantine and Richard Grant. The authors of the best-selling bicycle books of all time solve every repair task from simple roadside repairs to complete overhauls. Every type of bicycle is covered. More...

Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation that Works. By Jim Motavalli. Examines smart cars and smart tolls as responses to sprawl, and telecommuting and e-commerce as a reaction to burgeoning "edge cities." Considers cleaner cars as well as potential improvements in bus, water and air transportation. More... | Jim Motavalli EcoSpeakers Info >>

Charging Ahead. By Joe Sherman. A classic tale of perseverance against daunting odds, Charging Ahead tells the story of the Solectria Corporation's efforts to develop and market an electric car. This marvelous narrative vividly describes how scientists and engineers built the world's most advanced electric vehicle. Combining insightful biography with the best of science and business writing, it captures not only a gripping drama but also the technical challenge of an electric car. It is an engaging story that pits idealism, energy, and technological superiority against seemingly impossible odds. More... | Joe Sherman EcoSpeakers Info >>

Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines: The Life and Times of a Bicycle Tycoon Turned Automotive Pioneer. By Stephen Goddard. By Stephen Goddard. Pope's company was the world's largest manufacturer of bicycles in the late 1800s. His production methods pointed the way for the building of automobiles through lightweight metals, rubber tires, precision machining, interchangeability of parts, and vertical integration. The founder of the Good Roads Movement, Pope entered automobile manufacturing while steam, electricity, and gasoline power were still vying for supremacy. The story of his failed dream of dominating U.S. automobile production is an engrossing view into America's industrial history. More... | Stephen Goddard EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Cyclist’s Sourcebook. By Peter Nye. For Americans who are discovering the joys of bicycling – or returning to them – this guide includes a listing of recreational rides, an illustrated history of cycling and racing, and more. More...

Divorce Your Car! Ending the Love Affair with the Automobile. By Katie Alvord. Divorcing your car can take many forms, from simply using it less to not owning one at all. This practical guide shows how divorcing a car can be fun, healthy, money-saving, and helpful to the planet. While most other transportation reform books emphasize long-range political and economic policy, this book speaks less about policy and more about realistic actions individuals can take to reduce their car dependence. It suggests all the reasons not to drive and the many alternative ways we can all get around without our cars. More... | Katie Alvord EcoSpeakers Info >>

Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. By Lester Brown. Brown argues that, like the Sumerian and Mayan civilizations, our economy is fast destroying its environmental support systems and threatening future generations. The challenge is to restructure the global economy, replacing our fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new one that is environmentally sustainable. This new economy will be powered not with fossil fuels but with solar and wind energy, and its urban transport systems will be centered not around the automobile but around light rail and the bicycle. As Kindle | More…

Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future. By Jim Motavalli. As more alternative-fuel cars from major automakers enter the market, "clean" cars are taking center stage. Forward Drive presents the fascinating story of the race to build greener cars – ones that can help address the problems that have accompanied the rise and spread of traditional gas-powered vehicles. The book traces the history of automobile development, including early attempts to create practical electric vehicles, and explores new technologies, especially gas/electric hybrid drives and hydrogen fuel cells. More… | Jim Motavalli EcoSpeakers Info >>

Future Drive. By Daniel Sperling. Describes the adverse energy and environmental consequences of increased travel, and suggests strategies for creating a more environmentally benign system of transportation. As Kindle | More...

Getting There: The Epic Struggle between Road and Rail in the American Century. By Stephen Goddard. Goddard tells the story of how the struggle between the highwaymen and the railroaders ultimately changed the course of modern transportation. He describes how automakers, engineers, contractors, and government officials dethroned the railroad barons. His story covers the history of what has come to be called 'the highway lobby,' how road interests led by General Motors Corp. conspired in city after city to destroy efficient trolley systems, and how transportation has shaped the nation and its economy. More... | Stephen Goddard EcoSpeakers Info >>

In the Rings of Saturn. By Joe Sherman. A step-by-step account of the progress of Saturn Corporation from its inception through the company's first two years of car production. This compelling narrative explores virtually every aspect of the Saturn project, one of America's biggest and most publicized industrial successes. It brings to life a very American story of renewal and growth, of great hope and soured expectations, of greed and lost opportunities. In the Rings of Saturn is both the anatomy of a corporate triumph and an incisive commentary on industrial renewal in the United States. More... | Joe Sherman EcoSpeakers Info >>

Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. By Lester Brown. Sustaining our early twenty-first century global civilization now depends on shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system. Plan B has three components: (1) a restructuring of the global economy so that it can sustain civilization; (2) an all-out effort to eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and restore hope in order to elicit participation of the developing countries; and (3) a systematic effort to restore natural systems. More…

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Kindle | More…

Race to the Sky: The Wright Brothers Versus the United States Government. By Stephen Goddard. This book tells the story of the struggle between the Wright brothers and the Federal Government to be first to build a flying machine, and the raw ambition, high ideals, greed, and cloak and dagger tactics of each side. Everything came to a head in eight tense days in December when the battle, and the fame and fortune that would follow, was decided and the Wright brothers emerged victorious. More... | Stephen Goddard EcoSpeakers Info >>

Running on Empty: Future of the Motor Car in an Oil-short World. By Lester Brown. Reviews the history of the automobile and how we got into the mess we’re in. The primary point is that the personal car will have to be small and fuel-efficient. More…

Saving the Planet: How to Shape an Environmentally Substainable Global Economy. By Lester Brown, Christopher Flavin, and Sandra Postel. The authors of the highly acclaimed State of the World series elaborate on their vision of a global economy that does not destroy its own natural support systems. Authoritative yet extremely readable, this book addresses control of energy resources, population, poverty, transportation, taxes, and other issues necessary to create an environmentally sound global economy. More…

Sloane's New Bicycle Maintenance Manual. By Eugene A. Sloane. The most comprehensive guide to bicycle care and repair. With more than 250 photos, many detailing step-by-step processes, Sloane’s New Bicycle Maintenance Manual is a must for cyclists. As Kindle | More...

Social Change and Sustainable Transport. Edited by William R. Black and Peter Nijkamp. Contributors from a wide range of disciplines addresses important global transportation issues, including enviromental impacts, business and economic considerations, society's reliance on the automobile, and the effects of e-commerce and other new technologies. More...

Street Reclaiming. By David Engwicht. Provides a step-by-step process to reclaim streets, starting with a six-week program to reduce traffic by 30 to 50 percent. An excellent resource for both community activists and planners. More...

Sustainable Transportation Networks. By Anna Nagurney. Addresses the question as to whether transportation networks are sustainable. Nagurney provides solutions such as tolls and tradable pollution permits. This book will be of great value to students, researchers, and practitioners of transportation studies, environmental economics, regional science and urban planning. More...

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