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Coronavirus showed the way cities fund public transport is broken – here’s how it needs to change

Coronavirus showed the way cities fund public transport is broken – here’s how it needs to change

Jenny McArthur Lecturer in Urban Infrastructure and Policy, UCL; Emilia Smeds Researcher in Urban Governance and Mobility, UCL; Rosalie Singerman Ray Postdoctoral Research Associate in Transportation Technology and Society, University of Connecticut

COVID-19 has triggered a crisis for public transport, as lockdowns caused its use to plummet by 70-90% worldwide. Even as lockdowns ease, buses and trains can only carry 15% of the usual number of people due to social distancing requirements – taking the “mass” out of mass transit for the foreseeable future.
15 October 2020
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#2020TPM Goes Online

#2020TPM Goes Online

By Brogan McPherson

The 18th Annual Transport Practitioners' Meeting goes online!

14 August 2020
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Coronavirus: we're in a real-time laboratory of a more sustainable urban future

Coronavirus: we're in a real-time laboratory of a more sustainable urban future

Paul Chatterton Professor of Urban Futures, University of Leeds

A pause has been forced on urban life. Quiet roads, empty skies, deserted high streets and parks, closed cinemas, cafés and museums – a break in the spending and work frenzy so familiar to us all. The reality of lockdown is making ghost towns of the places we once knew. Everything we know about our urban world has come to a shuddering halt. For now.
21 May 2020
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Road Safety: switch to cycling to keep others safe

Road Safety: switch to cycling to keep others safe

Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster and James Woodcock, University of Cambridge

Analysis from the UK Department for Transport compares the risk of being injured when you are cycling, driving or walking. Motorcyclists have an especially high risk of death, followed by pedestrians and cyclists. Those in vans, buses or lorries are safest. But this is only half the story. Our research found that while motorcyclists themselves have a high risk of being killed, motorbikes also pose a startlingly high risk to others. Per kilometre, motorcycling kills twice as many other people as car driving.
16 April 2020
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The experiences of people with disabilities show we need a new understanding of urban safety

The experiences of people with disabilities show we need a new understanding of urban safety

Claire Edwards Lecturer in Social Policy and Director of ISS21

Creating safe and secure urban spaces is a core concern for city managers, urban planners and policy workers. Safety is a slippery concept to pin down, not least because it is a subjective experience. It incorporates our perceptions of places and memories, but also norms in society about who is expected to use spaces in the city, and who is considered to be out of place.
13 March 2020
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E-scooters – cities should embrace them

E-scooters – cities should embrace them

Stefan Gössling Professor in Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University

Large ungainly versions of the childhood microscooter have started to populate cities around the world. These electric scooters can be seen dotting streets, parks, pavements all over. Many people own them individually, and hire schemes in some cities mean that they are increasingly available for more general use too.
14 February 2020
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Four visions for the future of public transport

Four visions for the future of public transport

Marcus Enoch - Professor in Transport Strategy, Loughborough University

The way people get around is starting to change, and as a professor of transport strategy I do rather wonder if the modes of transport we use today will still be around by the turn of the next century.
17 January 2020
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Four visions for the future of public transport

Four visions for the future of public transport

Marcus Enoch - Professor in Transport Strategy, Loughborough University

17 January 2020
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Four visions for the future of public transport

Marcus Enoch - Professor in Transport Strategy, Loughborough University

The way people get around is starting to change, and as a professor of transport strategy I do rather wonder if the modes of transport we use today will still be around by the turn of the next century.
17 January 2020
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Transport emissions have doubled in 40 years – expand railways to get them on track

Transport emissions have doubled in 40 years – expand railways to get them on track

Stephen Joseph

In the quest to cut carbon out of civilisation, the future of transport is key. Emissions from the sector have doubled in the past 40 years and continue to rise. Our travel habits are now responsible for one in four of the planet-warming molecules of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. While the transition to electric vehicles will kickstart progress, even a rapid shift will not on its own bring the sector close enough to carbon neutrality to limit warming below dangerous levels. We’ll also need radical and rapid reductions in road traffic –...
16 December 2019
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