Active Transport: why and where do people (not) walk or cycle?
Guest Managing Editor: Seraphim Alvanides (Northumbria University, UK)
Submission deadline: May 25th 2014, this is immutable; manuscripts submitted after 23.59
(UK time) on 25th May 2014 will be considered for general issues of the journal.
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 weak.
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
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
All contributions will be peer reviewed according to the usual standards of the journal.
Submission: Please submit your manuscript online via
When choosing Manuscript “Article Type” of the
submission procedure, click “SI: Walking & Cycling” otherwise your submission will be
handled as a regular manuscript.
Dr Jennifer Mindell
Clinical senior lecturer
Health and Social Surveys Research Group
Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 6BT
Tel. 020 7679 1269 (Internal x41269)
Survey doctor: 07770-537238
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