Killed by a Traffic Engineer: Shattering the Delusion That Science Underlies Our Transportation System

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5.8 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author
Wes Marshall, PhD, PE, is professor of Civil Engineering with a joint appointment in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. He is also the director of the CU Denver Transportation Research Center and co-director of the Active Communities/Transportation (ACT) research group. He received his Professional Engineering license in 2003 and focuses on transportation teaching and research dedicated to creating a more sustainable and resilient world, particularly in terms of road safety. Having spent time in the private sector, Wes has been working on these issues for more than 25 years. With over 80 peer-reviewed publications, Wes was also the winner of the Campus-wide University of Colorado Denver Outstanding Faculty in Research Award.
"Finally, the whistleblower we've all been waiting for! Wes Marshall is much more than that--including a great storyteller--but with Killed by a Traffic Engineer, his role in history has been secured: pulling back the curtain and exposing the inner workings of an entire profession based on a foundation of the purest hooey."--Jeff Speck, FAICP, author of 'Walkable City' and 'Walkable City Rules'
"I've been excited for this book since I first heard it was in the works. But when I actually got a chance to read it, it surpassed my expectations by a lot. Wes Marshall is not only authoritative, but a great writer. The problem he outlines is enormously consequential and has been criminally overlooked. I hope this book gets the attention it deserves."--Angie Schmitt, author of 'Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America'
"Very few transportation books remain influential 20 or 30 years after they are published. Wes Marshall's Killed by a Traffic Engineer may well be one of them. It won't let you look at our streets the same way ever again."--Donald Shoup, author of 'The High Cost of Free Parking'
"Incisive debut polemic...Marshall's breezy narrative, with section titles like 'What Are We Doing Here?' plunges surprisingly deeply into the nitty-gritty of engineering standards, giving many specialist terms a vigorous, exasperated working-over. Transit nerds and advocates for safer streets will relish the detailed conceptual battle map drawn here." -- "Publishers Weekly"