Reading List

Looking for some good reads on transportation? Here is a place to start:


  • Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communities and our lives, by Jarrett Walker
  • Moving Minds: Conservatives and Public Transportation, by Paul Weyrich and William Lind

Bicycling & Walking

  • Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, by Elly Blue
  • Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities, by Jeff Mapes
  • The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power, by Travis Hugh Culley
  • Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck

Driving & Parking

  • Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back, by Jane Holtz Kay
  • The High Cost of Free Parking, by Donald Shoup
  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), by Tom Vanderbilt

Planning & Design

  • Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, by Charles Montgomery
  • Sprawl Repair Manual, by Galina Tachieva
  • Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow
  • Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia
  • Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs
  • The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape, by James Howard Kunstler
  • The Image of the City, by Kevin Lynch


  • Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation, by Edward Humes
  • Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability, by David Owen
  • Thoughts on Building Strong Towns Vols I & II, by Charles L Marohn, Jr.


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