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.
August 13, 2013
- The Prime Minister has announced new funding for cycling and parks. More than £77 million will be divided between Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich, while the New Forest, Peak District, South Downs and Dartmoor will each share a slice of £17 million funding for national parks. more >
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 seminal publication Traffic in Towns is 50 years old. What has changed since 1963? What may by 2063? Are we getting it right?
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?
July 15, 2013
- The Mayor's Roads Task Force has set out a bold new vision for the future of London's roads and streets, to ensure the capital can cope with major population growth, support jobs and thousands of new homes, while remaining one of the most attractive, vibrant, accessible and competitive world cities. ... more >
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
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
July 8, 2013
- The National Review of Town Centres in Scotland is an independent report which details key recommendations for reenergising Scotland’s town centres.
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The report includes a number of proposals to help breathe new life into town centres, focused around opening up retail units to other uses in an effort to broaded the appeal of Scotland's flagging town centres. ... more >
July 8, 2013
- Funding for sustainable transport projects will continue after March 2015, the minister for local transport Norman Baker has said, according to RUDI sister publication Local Transport Today. more >
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