Transportation and Children’s Well-Being - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128146941

Transportation and Children’s Well-Being

1st Edition

Editors: Owen Waygood Margareta Friman Lars Olsson Raktim Mitra
Paperback ISBN: 9780128146941
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2019
Page Count: 256
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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


Chapter 1. Introduction to Transport and Children’s Wellbeing

E. Owen D. Waygood, Margareta Friman, Lars E. Olsson, and Raktim Mitra



Overview of transport and children's wellbeing

Chapter 2. Transport and Physical Wellbeing

  Richard Larouche, Raktim Mitra, and E. Owen D. Waygood

Chapter 3. Travel and child wellbeing: The psychological and cognitive domains

Jessica Westman, Margareta Friman and Lars E. Olsson

Chapter 4. Transport and Social Wellbeing

  E. Owen D. Waygood

Chapter 5. A Social-Ecological Conceptualization of Children’s Mobility

Raktim Mitra and Kevin Manaugh



Transport externalities and children's wellbeing

Chapter 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

Chapter 7. Traffic Emission Impacts on Child Health and Well-being

Vickie L. Boothe and Richard W. Baldauf

Chapter 8. Health impact assessment in transport related to children

David Rojas-Rueda



Solutions for transport and children’s wellbeing

Chapter 9. Policy and Culture

Ben Shaw

Chapter 10. Making the Economic Case for Active School TravelNoreen C. McDonald, W. Mathew Palmer, Ruth L. Steiner

Chapter 11. Engaging children in neighbourhood planning for active travel infrastructureKaren Witten and Adrian Field

Chapter 12. Urban space for children on the moveMaria Johansson, Fredrika Mårtensson, Märit Jansson, and Catharina Sternudd

Chapter 13. Bringing Back Play to Urban Streets

Raktim Mitra and Zainab Abbasi

Chapter 14. Individual and Household Influences

E. Owen D. Waygood and Kevin Manaugh

Chapter 15. Inclusive Research Design: Accounting for Childhood Disability in School Transportation Research

Tim Ross



Examples from different cultures

Chapter 16. Japan: Maintaining high levels of walking

E. Owen D. Waygood and Ayako Taniguchi

Chapter 17. Children’s school travel and wellbeing in the Netherlands

Iris van de Craats, Pauline van den Berg, Astrid Kemperman, E. Owen D. Waygood

Chapter 18. Active Commuting to School by Chinese School-age Children

Lin Lin, Lingling He



Future directions

Chapter 19. Transportation and Children’s Wellbeing: Future directions

Margareta Friman, Lars E. Olsson, E. Owen D. Waygood, Raktim Mitra


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About the Editor

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

Laval University, Quebec City, 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 Associate 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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