Some cool old London Transport posters on Creative Review! This message is still relevant today!
Photo: Heinz Zinram (photographer) via Creative Review/ TFL
Guardian reports: Are transport planners neglecting sustainable travel choices?
The Guardian reports on the findings of a recent Sustrans report, Moving Towards Smarter Travel, which identified that the current government are not investing enough in promoting alternative travel change (surprise surprise). It also captures the views of some leading transport interest groups and ministers.
Investments in greener,more environmentally friendly modes of transport are a must! The pay back is immense…they improve our living environment, enhance our overall quality of life, reduce stressm, improve air quality and enhance accessibilty for people of alll demographics.
The government was forced to defend its record on sustainable travel last week, as new analysis suggested that Whitehall and local authorities have failed to take value-for-money steps to promote cycling, walking, public transport and car sharing.
These smarter travel choices only receive a tiny fraction of funding from council local transport plans (LTPs), despite the government’s climate adviser – the committee on climate change – urging their widespread rollout.
A report by built environment consultancy Halcrow, commissioned by Friends of the Earth and Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, revealed that just 70p-per-person would be spent annually on such schemes, compared with the £5.65 spent in the Department for Transport’s Sustainable Travel Towns, despite these projects boosting public transport patronage and reducing the number of journeys made by car.
Cities in Focus | New York City
New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation are on a mission to make the Big Apple the “greatest, greenest big city in the world” by ramping up bicycle infrastructure across the city, introducing bus rapid transit to the Bronx, and pedestrianizing Times Square, among other bold transportation initiatives.
Jaime Lerner sings of the city
Saw Jaime at the riba this time last year! Really liked him. Really practical and hands on!
Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.
Decreases are worrying…not enough is being done to promote public transport. Walking back home from the tube station the last day easily every 8 in 10 cars was being used for single passenger journeys which is really inefficent. In light of environmental pressures this has to be addressed. It will be impossible to create a pleasant, dynamic and healthy urban area despite all our best intentions without seriously tackling the noise and air pollution caused by cars and motorbikes.
Summary of latest key results
- Provisional figures suggest bus passenger journeys in England decreased by 1.8 per cent between 2008-09 and 2009-10.
- In non-metropolitan areas, there was an annual decrease of 2.4 per cent in bus passenger journeys, and in metropolitan areas there was an annual decrease of 3.3 per cent. In London there was a slight annual increase of 0.5 per cent.
- Bus passenger journeys in Scotland and Wales decreased by 5.8 per cent between 2008-09 and 2009-10.
- The overall satisfaction score for bus passengers in England was unchanged compared to the previous quarter at 82 points out of 100. This rating fell in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, but rose in London.
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Iarnród Éireann has commenced work on a new underground second DART line through the heart of the city centre.
The DART Underground rail line, now proposed to run from Docklands to Inchicore, will complete the trebling of the Greater Dublin area’s rail service capacity from 33 million passenger journeys annually now to 100 million passenger journeys upon completion.
DART Underground will be the single most important piece of infrastructure in the state to ensure a modal shift from private to public transport, and free future generations from the gridlock which cripples the Greater Dublin area today. It is a central part of the Government’s Transport 21 ten-year transport investment plan. It also links all rail modes - DART, Commuter, Intercity, Luas and Metro - to form an integrated cohesive network.
This project is funded by the Irish Government under the Transport 21 investment programme; it is also being part-funded by the Ten-T Executive Agency of the European Commission. Elements of this project will be undertaken as a Public Private Partnership (PPP), Iarnród Éireann and the Department of Transport are currently examining a number of options for PPP.