1st Edition

Community-Owned Transport

By Leigh Glover Copyright 2017
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    City and state governments around the world are struggling to achieve environmentally sustainable transport. Economic, technological, city and transport planning and human behaviour solutions are often hampered by ineffective implementation. So attention is now turning to institutional, governmental and political barriers. Approaches to these implementation problems assume that transport ownership can only be public (owned by state entities) or private (corporate or personal). Another option – largely unexplored to date – is communal ownership of transport.

    Community-Owned Transport proposes and develops the notion that communal ownership has a historical basis and provides unique opportunities for providing personal mobility. It looks at the historical roots of modern urban transport’s failings as those of technological change and the associated governing of transport systems, particularly the role of public sector institutions. Community ownership is explored through the new ‘sharing economy’ developments – car sharing, ridesharing and bicycle share schemes – and older social innovations in ecovillages and communal living. Models and practices of community ownership of transport are provided and this study also discusses how community ownership might contribute to sustainable transport.

    Drawing widely on different disciplines and fields of scholarship, this book explores the conceptual and practical aspects of communal ownership of transport. It will be a valuable resource for those seeking innovative approaches to addressing the pressing problems of transport, including graduate and postgraduate students, as well as policymakers, practitioners and community groups.


    Part I Modern Urban Transport and the Challenge of Sustainable Transport

    1. A History of Modern Urban Transport Systems

    2. Transport Governance and Institutions

    3. Sustainable Transport

    Part II Foundations of Community-Owned Transport

    4. Collaborative Consumption

    5. Eco-Communalism

    6. Urban Transport as a Commons

    Part III Community-Owned Transport Practices

    7. Community-Owned Transport

    8. How Community-Owned Transport Addresses Unsustainable Transport

    9. Likely Objections to Community Ownership

    Part IV Implications of Community-Owned Transport

    10. Political Economy of Community-Owned Transport

    11. Community-Owned Transport: A Plea to Policy-Makers


    Leigh Glover is the former Director of the Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT) at the University of Melbourne, Australia.