It is “highly likely” that boundary roads will remain polluted, unsafe, or difficult to cross or cycle on, the report warns. “Removing LTNs is unlikely to alleviate these issues so it is vital for local authorities to consider other measures that could. For instance, expanding low emission zones, road user charging, increasing the number of bus lanes and public transport provision, urban greenery, widening pavements, and protected cycle lanes could all make a contribution.”
British people appear to have an in-built acceptance of risks and harms from motor vehicles that they would not accept in other parts of life, a study has discovered, with potentially widespread repercussions for how policy decisions are made.
Such is the cultural ubiquity of these assumptions, described by the researchers as “motonormativity”, that politicians are less likely to try to tackle issues such as pollution from vehicles or poor driving, they warned.
25th January Andrew Napier
It happened 30 years ago and now the memories have inspired a book of poetry.
Emma Must was a young librarian in Winchester when the construction of the M3 through Twyford Down started in 1992.
She joined the campaign to stop the work and was so committed that she was jailed for contempt of court.
Now decades later The Ballad of Yellow Wednesday is a poetic account of that unsuccessful battle but which in the long-run helped persuade the Government to abandon much of its road building programme.
Is it acceptable to harm another person? To steal someone’s private property? To bend health and safety rules just to save a few minutes or make more money? According to a new study, it might depend on whether or not a car is involved. Dr. Ian Walker, a professor of environmental psychology at Swansea University in Wales, joins us for a fascinating discussion about the unconscious biases we all share in favor of cars, how those assumptions shape our streets, and how they prevent the kind of change needed to make them safer. It’s a phenomenon he and his co-authors call “motonormativity.”
Millions of Britons are trapped in transport poverty owing to a lack of alternatives to car ownership, with some spending nearly a fifth of their pre-tax income keeping a car on the road, a study has found.
Those who own a car spend on average 13% of their gross income on it, above the 10% generally seen as the indicator
of transport poverty. For those paying for their car with a finance or loan deal this proportion rises to 19%.
The report, produced by the cycle industry campaign group Bike Is Best, found that about three-quarters of drivers think they will always own a car, while just under half, 47%, believe they have no alternative.
There have been questions in the past about traditional Cash for Clunkers initiatives—programs that provide a cash incentive to scrap an old, polluting car and replace it with something more fuel-efficient. While the general concept might make some sense, both the Return On Investment and the environmental benefit can be hard to quantify, especially once the embodied carbon of building new cars is taken into account.
Changes are on the way to one of the City of London’s busiest transport intersections, as part of a major improvement programme.
From Monday, 13 February, Queen Victoria Street will close permanently to motor vehicles where it meets Bank Junction.
Meanwhile, a temporary one-way system will be introduced westbound in Mansion House Street, with a diversion route in place for eastbound traffic, including cycles.
The work marks the next phase of All Change At Bank, a City of London Corporation scheme timed to coincide with Transport for London’s Bank station upgrade.
There have been significant falls in traffic on streets with Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) across London, with sign of displacement to boundary roads, says a study by climate charity Possible and the University of Westminster’s Active Travel Academy.
LTNs in London introduced between May 2020 and May 2021 have “typically resulted in a sub- stantial relative reduction in motor traffic inside the scheme area, with particularly strong reduc-tions in Inner London”, the study says.
Lewisham Council is to replace parking spaces with trees, EV charging points, cycle storage, and safer crossings and junctions. More car club and disabled bays will also be installed.
The borough said the first phase of its Sustainable Streets programme will focus on the roads around Deptford and Catford, with changes due to start next summer.
Better use of pavements and road space will improve local streets and road safety, reduce noise, traffic, and air pollution, and help more people walk, cycle and use public transport, the council states.