Transport and Children’s Wellbeing

Transport and Children’s Wellbeing

1st Edition - October 18, 2019

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  • Editors: Owen Waygood, Margareta Friman, Lars Olsson, Raktim Mitra
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128146958
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128146941

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Transportation and Children’s Well-Being applies an ecological approach, examining the social, psychological and physical impacts transport has on children at the individual and community level. Drawing on the latest multidisciplinary research in transport, behavior, policy, the built environment and sustainability, the book explains the pathways and mechanisms by which transport affects the different domains of children’s travel. Further, the book identifies the influences of transportation with respect to several domains of well-being, highlighting the influences of residential location on travel by different modes and its impact on the long-term choices families make. The book concludes with proposed evidence-based solutions using real-world examples that support positive influences on well-being and eliminate or reduce negative solutions.

Key Features

  • Brings disparate child transportation material together in one clearly defined narrative
  • Illustrates evidence using a range of examples from Europe, North America and Asia
  • Includes new research developments on the intrinsic aspects of access and externalities


Academic researchers and graduate students in Transportation, Urban Studies, and Public Health; Transportation, Urban Planning, and Public Health planning practitioners and Transportation public officials such as city managers, policy directors, etc

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Transport and Children’s Wellbeing
    E. Owen D. Waygood, Margareta Friman, Lars E. Olsson, and Raktim Mitra

    PART I  Overview of transport and children's wellbeing
    2. Transport and Physical Wellbeing
    Richard Larouche, Raktim Mitra, and E. Owen D. Waygood
    3. Travel and child wellbeing: The psychological and cognitive domains
    Jessica Westman, Margareta Friman and Lars E. Olsson
    4. Transport and Social Wellbeing
    E. Owen D. Waygood
    5. A Social-Ecological Conceptualization of Children’s Mobility
    Raktim Mitra and Kevin Manaugh

    PART II Transport externalities and children's wellbeing
    6. Impact of Road Traffic and Speed on Children: Injuries, Social Inequities, and Active Transport
    Linda Rothman, Liraz Fridman, Marie-Soleil Cloutier, Kevin Manaugh, Andrew Howard
    7. Traffic Emission Impacts on Child Health and Well-being
    Vickie L. Boothe and Richard W. Baldauf
    8. Health impact assessment in transport related to children
    David Rojas-Rueda

    PART III Solutions for transport and children’s wellbeing
    9. Policy and Culture
    Ben Shaw
    10. Making the Economic Case for Active School Travel
    Noreen C. McDonald, W. Mathew Palmer, Ruth L. Steiner
    11. Engaging children in neighbourhood planning for active travel infrastructure
    Karen Witten and Adrian Field
    12. Urban space for children on the move
    Maria Johansson, Fredrika Mårtensson, Märit Jansson, and Catharina Sternudd
    13. Bringing Back Play to Urban Streets
    Raktim Mitra and Zainab Abbasi
    14. Individual and Household Influences
    E. Owen D. Waygood and Kevin Manaugh
    15. Inclusive Research Design: Accounting for Childhood Disability in School Transportation Research
    Tim Ross

    PART IV Examples from different cultures
    16. Japan: Maintaining high levels of walking
    E. Owen D. Waygood and Ayako Taniguchi
    17. Children’s school travel and wellbeing in the Netherlands
    Iris van de Craats, Pauline van den Berg, Astrid Kemperman, E. Owen D. Waygood
    18. Active Commuting to School by Chinese School-age Children
    Lin Lin, Lingling He

    PART V Future directions
    19. Transportation and Children’s Wellbeing: Future directions
    Margareta Friman, Lars E. Olsson, E. Owen D. Waygood, Raktim Mitra

Product details

  • No. of pages: 396
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: October 18, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128146958
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128146941

About the Editors

Owen Waygood

E. Owen D. Waygood graduated in 2009 with a PhD in Civil Engineering from Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan). After a position as a research associate and then research fellow at the Centre for Transport & Society at the University of the West of England (Bristol, U.K.), he held first a position of Assistant and then Associate Professor of Transport Planning at Laval University (Quebec, Canada). In 2018 he was recruited by Polytechnique Montréal as an Associate Professor of Transport Engineering. He has published research on children’s transport, physical activity, and social connections, sustainable transport, and transport behaviour change. He has been a co-guest editor for special issues on transport and child wellbeing, and transport and wellbeing published with the journal Travel Behaviour and Society. He conducts research on sustainable transport modes and how to increase their use.

Affiliations and Expertise

Polytechnique Montreal , Canada

Margareta Friman

Margareta Friman graduated in 2000 with a PhD from University of Gothenburg (Göteborg, Sweden). After having held positions as Assistant and Associate Professor at Karlstad University (Sweden), she was in 2010 appointed as Professor of Psychology at Karlstad University. For the last 10 years she has been director of an excellent center in service and market oriented public transport research (SAMOT) at Karlstad University. In 2014, she received the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research Award by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. She is co-editor of the book “Quality of life and daily travel”. Today, Margareta Friman is conducting research in consumer psychology, environmental psychology, and transportation psychology at the Service Research Center (CTF), Karlstad University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Transport Research Group at Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden

Lars Olsson

Lars E. Olsson graduated from Göteborg University with a Ph.D. in Psychology of decision making. After a position as researcher at the Center for Consumer Research at the School of Business, Economics, and Law in Gothenburg, he was recruited in 2009 to the Service and Market Oriented Transport Research Group (SAMOT). He is now Professor of Psychology at Karlstad University. Lars E. Olsson has published research in the areas of sustainability, environmental behavior, consumer experiences, travel behavior and well-being. His articles have been published in international journals in psychology, environmental studies, economics, and transportation. He is co-editor of the book “Quality of life and daily travel”.

Affiliations and Expertise

Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweeden

Raktim Mitra

Raktim Mitra is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada), where his research focuses on the intersection between the neighbourhood built environment and transport behaviour, and the impact on health outcomes such as physical activity and the quality of life. Raktim is the co-director of TransForm research laboratory of transport and land use planning at Ryerson University, co-chair of a paper review subcommittee (Bicycle Transportation) at the Transportation Research Board, and a member of the editorial board for the international journal - Urban Planning. His previous contributions include co-editing a special issue on the topic of transport and land use in childhood for the Journal of Transport and Land Use.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

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