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David Metz is an honorary professor in the Centre for Transport Studies, University College London, where his research focuses on how demographic, behavioural and technological factors influence travel demand. He spent part of his career as a senior civil servant in a number of UK government departments, both as policy advisor and scientist, including five years as Chief Scientist at the Department of Transport.


"David Metz is a true guru in the field of understanding transport behaviours, and anything he writes is worth reading. The path of pandemic recovery, and the burning platform of decarbonisation, have highlighted the existential importance of understanding how and why people travel in this rapidly changing world, and as such David's insight is more important than ever." Isabel Dedring, Global Transport Leader, Arup, and former Deputy Mayor for Transport, London; "This is a tour de force survey from one of our most thoughtful transport experts. He shows how the car will remain important and how transport planners and modellers keep focusing on the wrong thing in looking at time savings. Decarbonising will thus require a new way of thinking; no easy answers but lots of options". Bridget Rosewell, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission; "If there were any justice in the world, David Metz would be carried around London in a golden palanquin, rather than, as he admits in the book, driving a 2004 Fiat Punto. The author has been consistently right about transport for many years, in the face of collective insanity from transport policymakers. His central insight about what people value from transportation is revelatory, and could perhaps have prevented many billions from being squandered in misdirected investment". Rory Sutherland, vice chairman of Ogilvy UK and co-author of 'Transport for Humans: Are We Nearly There Yet?'

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