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What are the implications of bus policy changes?

What are the implications of bus policy changes?

Prof. Peter White - May 2021

The publication of ‘Buses Back Better’ in March – setting out a bus strategy for England - marked the biggest shift in policy since deregulation in 1986. In place of competition between bus operators as a major policy objective, and most services determined commercially, there is a very strong emphasis on a co-ordinated approach.
14 May 2021
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Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Globally, only one in 50 new cars were fully electric in 2020, and one in 14 in the UK. Sounds impressive, but even if all new cars were electric now, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s fossil fuel car fleet.

Globally, only one in 50 new cars were fully electric in 2020, and one in 14 in the UK. Sounds impressive, but even if all new cars were electric now, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s fossil fuel car fleet.
16 April 2021
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'We All Ride Bikes Now'

'We All Ride Bikes Now'

Have a read of the inspiration behind Phil Crompton and Joanna Ward's newly released book!

We all know the theory, we should be using our cars less and travelling more actively, to improve or health (mental and physical), to save money, to save time and to tackle the climate crisis.

18 March 2021
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How 'school streets' could create safer, healthier cities

How 'school streets' could create safer, healthier cities

Amy Barnes and Maria Val Martin

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, communities living in cities need cleaner air to breathe and outdoor public space to be social yet physically distanced.

Recognition of these issues has led public health experts, architects and urban planners to discuss how to design cities to respond to the pandemic.

19 February 2021
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Sustainable cities after COVID-19: are Barcelona-style green zones the answer?

Sustainable cities after COVID-19: are Barcelona-style green zones the answer?

Anupam Nanda - Professor of Urban Economics & Real Estate, University of Manchester

he roll out of vaccines provides hope for a partial restoration of normality in cities. However, the impact of COVID-19 could last much longer. In particular, the pandemic has shown how damaging congestion, pollution and lack of green space can be – including how these factors have contributed to the severity of suffering for city dwellers. We have an opportunity to change city living for the better.
14 January 2021
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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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