mobility

Walking trips plummet as active travel message fails to hit home

The number of walking trips made by Britons has fallen by more than a quarter since the mid-1990s, according to the new National Travel Survey. Cycling trips are down too, as are trips by car and bus. In fact, the only mode to buck the downward trend is rail.

Peak Car: all the evidence you can eat

By Phil Goodwin

A new collection of eight rather heavyweight papers which, taken together, give an update of the state of international research on ‘peak car’. We provide brief highlights....

The future of urban transport: ‘decide and provide’

The future of urban transport: ‘decide and provide’. The seminal publication Traffic in Towns is 50 years old. What has changed since 1963? What may by 2063? Are we getting it right?

Can we reinvigorate the case against roads as the DfT downplays peak car theory and supports additional road building

Why does policy change? RUDI's partner community, Local Transport Today (LTT), has pioneered the exploration of transport policy in relation to the renewed interest in road-building, not only as part of inter-urban transport policy but, thanks to London’s mayor, as a component of urban transport policy too. Can we reinvigorate the case against roads as the DfT downplays peak car theory and supports additional road building?

Who is to blame for pedestrian casualties, asks Phil Goodwin

By Phil Goodwin

PACTS, the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety, has a long record of careful evidence-based policy campaigning. Its recommendations are always taken seriously and often, when the time is right, put into practice. They pay strong attention to research, especially research based on empirical outcomes in the real world; this in turn relies on a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of official statistics, and their most recent report is a case in point, says Phil Goodwin

Pedestrian Modelling - A mass in motion

How do people navigate through a building, a train station or an airport? What happens when you need to evacuate an area, or if a number of exits have to be shut for various reasons? Will the occupants still make it out safely? By Peter Debney