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Breaks in trend

Breaks in trend

David Metz Honorary professor, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London

We have nearly half a century of time series data from the National Travel Survey that shows little change in both average travel time (close to an hour a day) and trip rate (about 1000 a year). In contrast, the average distance travelled displays two distinct phases: growth from 4500 miles per person per year in the early 1970s to about 7000 miles by 2000, after which growth ceased. Most travel is by car, so, as expected, car use per capita ceased to grow at the turn of the century, which is also the case for other developed countries. Such cessation of growth of car use has previously...
18 October 2019
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A Tipping Point in Human History

A Tipping Point in Human History

Hamish Stewart - Car Free Day

A tipping point in human history   Throughout history, humans (and transport planners!) have focused much of our energy on creating cities, and now that most of humanity lives in cities, cities are shaping our future prospects as a species. To quote research from Yale University “the conversion of Earth’s land surface to urban uses is one of the most irreversible human impacts on the global biosphere” [1]. Taking back redundant street and parking space is a great opportunity. 
06 September 2019
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Blockchain and carbon offsetting can help cities reduce emissions – but sometimes simpler is better

Blockchain and carbon offsetting can help cities reduce emissions – but sometimes simpler is better

Stephen Finnegan Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture, University of Liverpool

The UK parliament recently declared a climate emergency, with prime minister Theresa May stating that the country will have net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The government has chosen its wording carefully: the term “net zero” opens the door to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offsetting.


19 July 2019
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Don't Miss Out On The Transport Planning Event Of The Summer!!

Don't Miss Out On The Transport Planning Event Of The Summer!!

Now in its 17th year, The Transport Practitioners’ Meeting (TPM) is the annual meeting place for all transport planners, modellers, highway engineers, placemakers and urban transport designers. Organised by PTRC Education and Research Services, a company within CILT(UK), the conference the conference offers a fantastic opportunity for practitioners to discuss, debate, share best practice and network with their peers. TPM is returning to Oxford 10 – 11 July 2019!
21 June 2019
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It's National Walking Month!

It's National Walking Month!

Susan Claris, ARUP

May is National Walking Month – the annual celebration of walking and streets organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.  As the charity marks its 90th anniversary, it has a campaign to make streets fitter for walking for everyone, whether they are aged nine or 90. I am a Trustee of Living Streets and I am passionate about the many benefits that arise from making places more walkable.

16 May 2019
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London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone – will it make the city healthier?

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone – will it make the city healthier?

Ian Mudway, King's College London

A new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is being introduced in London, to reduce harmful emissions from traffic and improve air quality. Those who drive polluting vehicles into the city centre will face a daily charge – £12.50 for cars, motorcycles and vans, and £100 for lorries, buses and coaches – on top of the existing congestion charge. By October 2021, the scheme will expand to cover an area 18 times larger.
15 April 2019
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Making cities more walkable by understanding how other people influence our journeys

Making cities more walkable by understanding how other people influence our journeys

Ruth Dalton, Northumbria University

Cities around the world are changing to become more “walkable”. As more and more people move to cities, the benefits of encouraging people to walk are clear. Aside from making the urban environment more pleasant, safer and less polluted, improving a city’s walkability can also ease traffic congestion and improve public health.
14 March 2019
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The Joy of Commuting on Two Feet

The Joy of Commuting on Two Feet

Claire Rampen, beryl.cc

We all know that getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day will have an incredible impact on our health and wellbeing. But how do you fit that half an hour in when you’ve got commitments at home and a busy work schedule? The team at Beryl are big advocates of active commuting; finding your way to the office by bike, scooter, skateboard, or simply on two feet, be it walking or running. Claire Rampen, Head of Growth and E-commerce, shares why she loves swapping the bike for a commute on two feet.

21 February 2019
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Clean Air Strategy

Clean Air Strategy

Simon Alcock Head of UK Public Affairs at ClientEarth

The UK Government launched its Clean Air Strategy last week claiming that it wants to halve the number of people living in areas with particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) above guideline limits set by the World Health Organisation.
18 January 2019
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Happy Holidays from PTRC

Happy Holidays from PTRC

Brogan McPherson

Happy Holidays from PTRC

I think we can all agree that 2018 has been a whirlwind of a year. Can you believe the Olympics were in this calendar year? It blows my mind. Can you also believe that we were talking about football coming home only 150 days ago? From crazy weather to an even crazier news cycle, 2018 was definitely something to write home about.

14 December 2018
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