Key policy developments

In key policy developments we present a summary of policy, reports and campaigns by government and other organisations.

Indicators for Sustainable Mobility (31/01/19) The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has published a new report which provides an accessible suite of indicators to evaluate mass transportation systems. With these tools, cities can effectively develop sustainable transportation policies to combat climate change.

How to Accelerate Cycling through ITS and Technology (01/19) Marianne Weinreich article in Trafik & Veje (Traffic and Roads - Denmark). ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) is traditionally about optimizing traffic flow, however it has now been adapted for cycling. This article presents some of the different solutions implemented in Denmark and makes the case that such solutions could be easily implemented elsewhere to achieve common goals.

Ambitious plans for cycling in the West Midlands (08/02/19) A regionally co-ordinated cycling strategy with funding targeted at 26 priority routes was today backed by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).  Ambitious plans, including goals to raise cycling investment to at least £10 a head each year, were set out in a report endorsed by the WMCA board at its meeting in Birmingham. 

Can environmental improvement change the population distribution of walking? (11/02/19) Essential Evidence number 181 from Dr Adrian Davies - top line: Environmental improvement can encourage the less active to take up walking for transport, as well as encouraging those who were already active to walk more.

NICE Outdoor Air Quality Standard Published (28/02/19) This new quality standard from NICE covers road-traffic-related air pollution and its impact on health. It describes high-quality actions in priority areas for improvement.

City leaders sign up to ‘world’s most ambitious’ clean air plan (15/02/19) Council leaders and mayors from around the country have signed up to an ambitious clean air plan, following a high-level summit in London.

Sustainable Travel Towns: An evaluation of the longer term impacts (19/02/19) Essential Evidence number 182 from Dr Adrian Davies – top line: City-wide sustainable travel interventions in three English towns led to increases in cycling and walking, sustained five year post project, while car use declined.

Making cities more walkable by understanding how other people influence our journeys (18/02/19) Article in The Conversation by Ruth Dalton.  While planners and researchers strive to work out what makes urban spaces enticing to pedestrians, they often overlook the fact that people’s decisions about where to walk, and when, are not only determined by the physical qualities of the environment. In fact, new research suggests that these choices are strongly influenced by other people.

Economic benefits of walking and cycling (16/11/18) Transport for London has set up this hub, which will be kept updated, containing reports, studies and evidence relating to the economic benefits of investment in walking and cycling.