Car ownership at residential developments does not have a significant impact on peak hour car use, according to a new study. Though many residents own cars they do not use them during peak hours and will instead walk, cycle or use public transport, suggests research carried out for urban regeneration developer Berkeley Group. Meanwhile, a separate survey in three West Midlands towns has found no evidence that car ownership is lower in areas close to public transport facilities or town centres. So how do we best support non car modes of travel where possible?
December 19, 2011
- Car owners will be able to rent out their vehicles when they are not using them under a new scheme to be launched in London in 2012 by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the easyJet founder, and Brent Hoberman, founder of Lastminute.com. more >
June 18, 2010
- Infrastructure is vital to our way of life. It is vital to society. It is vital to economic growth in an increasingly competitive world. It is vital to the environment. And it is vital to the very existence of a civilised society, according to a new State of the Nation report from the ICE. more >
November 24, 2009
- The UK’s streets and car parks could see thousands more charging points for electric and plug-in hybrid cars thanks to £30 million of Government funding.
See the plans online and download an outline. more >
October 13, 2009
- From 1 October, Richmond Council is extending its innovative and controversial CO2 related parking scheme to all Council on- and off-street parking in the borough. Under this new approach all cars that park in Richmond upon Thames will be charged according to how much CO2 their cars produce, with lower rates for the least polluting vehicles. ... more >
Shared space street design schemes are being implemented in town centres around the UK. Typically, these involve shared surfaces between pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles. Blind and partially-sighted people are finding it extremely difficult to move around safely and independently within these environments, when the traditional ‘clues’ used by guide dog owners and other blind people – such as footways, kerbs and tactile paving – are removed.
Research has shown that the implementation of shared surface design is putting blind and partially-sighted people at risk. Moving away from established practice requires the courage to develop, explore and refine new solutions. The input of blind and partially-sighted people into this process at this early stage will be vital.
May 15, 2009
- Large urban areas across England are being given the chance to bid to become the country's first Sustainable Travel City.
Up to £29 million over the next three years will be invested in at least one of England's largest cities to encourage greener travel choices. These could include plans to support walking, cycling and initiatives to improve public transport. more >
May 10, 2009
- People in Darlington, Peterborough and Worcester have cut their car use and taken to more active, low-carbon forms of transport, according to research released by sustainable transport charity Sustrans. more >
Times are changing: all design professionals are conscious of the need to develop healthy and active places, lively public realms and liveable, inclusive, economically viable communities. There is realisation that issues around economic growth, transport planning and urban development need to be managed at a range of scales, from national to local. Professor David Lock, Chair of the Town and Country Planning Association, advised the government on development criteria for the eco-towns initiative.
April 6, 2009
- Transport appraisal reforms announced by government don't go far enough, says Campaign for Better Transport. While welcoming some changes to to the way the Government assesses transport projects, it claims that there is still too much priority given to minor time savings for motorists and not enough on reducing carbon emissions and protecting landscapes. more >
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