Rail Oriented Tokyo

There’s a new article in Transport Policy on “What led to the establishment of a rail-oriented city? Determinants of urban rail supply in Tokyo, Japan, 1950–2010,” by Ryosuke Abe and Hironori Kato (Vol. 58, August 2017, Pages 72–79). Abstract: This study analyzed the determinants of urban rail supply in Tokyo using time series data for…

The Park & Ocean Railroad

Check out the story of the Park and Ocean railroad history in San Francisco: “A railroad to Ocean Beach: How ‘the Octopus’ got its way in SF” ~Thanks to Asha W. Agrawal for this post

Delaware River Transport in the 80s

This post highlights beautiful black and white photography from the 1980s that documents some of the declining heavy industry along the Delaware River in the city of Philadelphia. The post is short on explanation because that’s not what it’s intended for. But the gorgeous images raise lots of interesting questions about the connection between marine…

Unearthing Historic Bikeways in England

Check out a new project that launched on Kickstarter in April, historian and bicycle advocate Carlton Reid is proposing to locate and, if needed, excavate miles of old cycleways, and to connect them to the current bicycle network. Also, check out Reid’s new book: Bike Boom. From Reid: “What you get from official bodies and…

Call for Papers: History of Bicycle Transportation

Two committees of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences — the Transportation History and Bicycle Transportation committees — have just issued a Call for Papers for the 2018 Annual Meeting (to be held January 7 to 11 in Washington, DC). The topic is the History of Bicycle Transportation and Planning…