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Good To Go? Decarbonising Travel After the Pandemic

Good To Go? Decarbonising Travel After the Pandemic

David Metz

We have built our modern economy and lifestyles on the energy of fossil fuels. We know we must cease their use if dangerous climate change is to be avoided. Transport is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. To decarbonise, we need new technology, principally electric propulsion for surface transport. We may also need changes in our travel behaviour.

22 July 2022
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From walking to cycling, how we get around a city is a gender equality issue

From walking to cycling, how we get around a city is a gender equality issue

Oyinlola Oyebode, Rahul Goel, The Conversation

In urban societies around the world, there are gendered differences in how people get to where they need to go. From the number of journeys taken and the distances travelled, to the purpose for travelling in the first place, women’s experiences of journeying through the city differ significantly from those of men.

18 March 2022
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The UK’s New Road Hierarchy: Short Term Pain or Long Term Gain?

The UK’s New Road Hierarchy: Short Term Pain or Long Term Gain?

Anika Bhamra, Niamh Sandy, Paul Carpenter, earth sense

Part of a £338 million package, the Department for Transport (DfT) have released funding to help improve pedestrian and cycle safety across the country.

 

With the changes to in the Highway Code now in operation, updates include a re-prioritising of road user hierarchy, placing pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders at the top.

 

Vehicle drivers are no longer allowed to cut across pedestrians and cyclists at crossings or junctions. 

 

28 February 2022
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3 in 4 people want to ride a bike but are put off by lack of safe lanes

3 in 4 people want to ride a bike but are put off by lack of safe lanes

Lauren Pearson and Ben Beck, Monash University

Cycling is healthy and sustainable, but only 1.7% of trips in Melbourne are made by bike. Car use has soared since lockdowns were lifted.

 

We surveyed over 4,000 Victorians and found more than three-quarters are interested in riding a bike, but only in infrastructure that separates people from cars (such as off-road paths or protected bike lanes).

 

This proportion is far higher than previously thought, highlighting a huge opportunity to increase bike-riding rates by building separated bike lanes.

 

14 January 2022
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Happy Holidays from PTRC

Happy Holidays from PTRC

Brogan McPherson, PTRC

It’s been a strange couple of years but I’m very proud of the work that PTRC has undertaken this year, in the wake of the continued global pandemic.
08 December 2021
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The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 13 November 2021.

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 13 November 2021.

Un Climate Change Conference UK 2021, in partnership with Italy

The COP26 summit brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP26 goals: Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats Mobilise finance Work together to deliver Learn about how the negotiations at COP26 went and the outcomes achieved in the documents here...   Learn about how the negotiations at COP26 went and the outcomes achieved in the documents here...
19 November 2021
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The pandemic could leave us with congestion chaos – here’s how to avoid it

The pandemic could leave us with congestion chaos – here’s how to avoid it

Brian Caulfield, Trinity College Dublin

When the pandemic hit in early 2020, a rapid decrease in urban private car use was seen globally. Satellite navigation company TomTom reported that 387 cities across the world experienced a decrease in congestion. Similarly, a decrease in public transport usage was seen as governments across the world imposed lockdown restrictions. Many millions of people began to work remotely and the decades of technological advances in communications played a vital role in enabling our societies to continue to operate. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, a rapid decrease in urban private...
13 October 2021
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How to Make Cargo Bikes Mainstream in a Car-free City

How to Make Cargo Bikes Mainstream in a Car-free City

Oliver Ivens, MP Smarter Travel

London is moving to a largely car-free future. With ULEZ, LTNs, Streetspace and Liveable Neighbourhoods encouraging rapid change in business operations, many are searching for car-free solutions to satisfy their delivery and servicing needs. Luckily, with an expected 50-60% annual market growth over the coming years, the cargo bike industry is growing rapidly to fill the demand from businesses for zero-emission delivery methods that navigate modal filters with ease.

17 September 2021
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The Highway Code is changing – so what, and what next?

The Highway Code is changing – so what, and what next?

Phil Jones, PJA for LTT

The announcement this week of the Government’s intention to press ahead with all the draft changes to the Highway Code contained in its July 2020 consultation draft have been warmly welcomed by active travel and road safety campaigners.  DfT committed in November 2018 to revising the Highway Code, including introducing a ‘hierarchy of users’ (with active travellers at the top) and clearer priority for cyclists and pedestrians at junctions.

20 August 2021
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Electric vehicle batteries: what will they look like in the future?

Electric vehicle batteries: what will they look like in the future?

Simon Cotton Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Birmingham and Peter Raymond Slater Professor of Materials Chemistry, University of Birmingham

“Gigafactories” could one day be churning out millions of electric vehicle batteries in the UK. The government has already committed the country to a ban on selling new petrol- and diesel-engined cars by 2030, so it seems that electric vehicles (or EVs, as they’re often abbreviated) are likely to replace much of today’s fleet.
15 July 2021
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