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The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 13 November 2021.

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 13 November 2021.

Un Climate Change Conference UK 2021, in partnership with Italy

The COP26 summit brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP26 goals: Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats Mobilise finance Work together to deliver Learn about how the negotiations at COP26 went and the outcomes achieved in the documents here...   Learn about how the negotiations at COP26 went and the outcomes achieved in the documents here...
19 November 2021
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The pandemic could leave us with congestion chaos – here’s how to avoid it

The pandemic could leave us with congestion chaos – here’s how to avoid it

Brian Caulfield, Trinity College Dublin

When the pandemic hit in early 2020, a rapid decrease in urban private car use was seen globally. Satellite navigation company TomTom reported that 387 cities across the world experienced a decrease in congestion. Similarly, a decrease in public transport usage was seen as governments across the world imposed lockdown restrictions. Many millions of people began to work remotely and the decades of technological advances in communications played a vital role in enabling our societies to continue to operate. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, a rapid decrease in urban private...
13 October 2021
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How to Make Cargo Bikes Mainstream in a Car-free City

How to Make Cargo Bikes Mainstream in a Car-free City

Oliver Ivens, MP Smarter Travel

London is moving to a largely car-free future. With ULEZ, LTNs, Streetspace and Liveable Neighbourhoods encouraging rapid change in business operations, many are searching for car-free solutions to satisfy their delivery and servicing needs. Luckily, with an expected 50-60% annual market growth over the coming years, the cargo bike industry is growing rapidly to fill the demand from businesses for zero-emission delivery methods that navigate modal filters with ease.

17 September 2021
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The Highway Code is changing – so what, and what next?

The Highway Code is changing – so what, and what next?

Phil Jones, PJA for LTT

The announcement this week of the Government’s intention to press ahead with all the draft changes to the Highway Code contained in its July 2020 consultation draft have been warmly welcomed by active travel and road safety campaigners.  DfT committed in November 2018 to revising the Highway Code, including introducing a ‘hierarchy of users’ (with active travellers at the top) and clearer priority for cyclists and pedestrians at junctions.

20 August 2021
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Electric vehicle batteries: what will they look like in the future?

Electric vehicle batteries: what will they look like in the future?

Simon Cotton Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Birmingham and Peter Raymond Slater Professor of Materials Chemistry, University of Birmingham

“Gigafactories” could one day be churning out millions of electric vehicle batteries in the UK. The government has already committed the country to a ban on selling new petrol- and diesel-engined cars by 2030, so it seems that electric vehicles (or EVs, as they’re often abbreviated) are likely to replace much of today’s fleet.
15 July 2021
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Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – How can we get more of them when they are so difficult to introduce?

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – How can we get more of them when they are so difficult to introduce?

Patrick Lingwood - Active Travel Lead, Oxfordshire County Council

Low traffic neighbourhoods have had a rough press over the last few months. Tales of congestion, controversy and cultural conflict. LTNs provoke strong reactions.

17 June 2021
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What are the implications of bus policy changes?

What are the implications of bus policy changes?

Prof. Peter White - May 2021

The publication of ‘Buses Back Better’ in March – setting out a bus strategy for England - marked the biggest shift in policy since deregulation in 1986. In place of competition between bus operators as a major policy objective, and most services determined commercially, there is a very strong emphasis on a co-ordinated approach.
14 May 2021
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Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Globally, only one in 50 new cars were fully electric in 2020, and one in 14 in the UK. Sounds impressive, but even if all new cars were electric now, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s fossil fuel car fleet.

Globally, only one in 50 new cars were fully electric in 2020, and one in 14 in the UK. Sounds impressive, but even if all new cars were electric now, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s fossil fuel car fleet.
16 April 2021
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'We All Ride Bikes Now'

'We All Ride Bikes Now'

Have a read of the inspiration behind Phil Crompton and Joanna Ward's newly released book!

We all know the theory, we should be using our cars less and travelling more actively, to improve or health (mental and physical), to save money, to save time and to tackle the climate crisis.

18 March 2021
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How 'school streets' could create safer, healthier cities

How 'school streets' could create safer, healthier cities

Amy Barnes and Maria Val Martin

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, communities living in cities need cleaner air to breathe and outdoor public space to be social yet physically distanced.

Recognition of these issues has led public health experts, architects and urban planners to discuss how to design cities to respond to the pandemic.

19 February 2021
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