Myths about investment in walking and cycling busted by research reports
There are many misconceptions about investment in walking and cycling. New research by Sustrans uncovers the truth behind some common myths, by examining the mounting body of evidence showing the many health, environmental and economic benefits of walking and cycling.
What kills most on the roads? – PACTS – November 2020
This analysis by PACTS, of road deaths in Great Britain in 2019, shows the danger associated
with different modes of transport and the total deaths involved with travel by each mode.
This gives a different picture. It shows that, by distance travelled, vans and light goods
vehicles, followed by HGVs, have the highest rate of deaths of other road users.
Pave the Way – Transport for All – January 2021
This report presents the findings from our six months of indepth research into the impacts of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods on disabled people. It starts with an introduction to the topic, followed by a chapter on the methods we used and then chapters discussing our findings. We finish by presenting our recommendations and solutions
A guide to the evidence around low traffic neighbourhoods Sustrans January 2021
Understanding the evidence on the impact of low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) on cities and communities is an important part of their successful delivery. This page provides a handy reference list of existing research on low-traffic neighbourhoods to meet the evidence needs of any practitioners implementing them.
Economic Benefits of Cycle Tourism – Cycling UK June 2020
“Cycle tourism makes a significant contribution to the UK
economy, with particular benefits for small businesses in
rural areas. Places that have taken steps to attract cyclists
by developing great routes and facilities have seen the
Future of transport – user study DfT Nov 2020
The primary aim of this study was to identify consumer characteristics, motivations and barriers associated with the uptake of different new and emerging transport technologies in the UK.
The Role of Transport in Providing a Healthy Future For Young People – October 2019
Transport decision-making and active travel have a fundamental role in supporting the long-term health of young people. – Sustrans and Centre for Transport and Society
Public Health England Wider determinants tool – December 2020
Updates to PHE Wider determinants tool includes an update of these 2 indicators: percentage of adults walking for travel at least 3 days a week; percentage of adults cycling for travel at least 3 days a week. Data is searchable by disability, ethnicity, socioeconominc class, age and gender.
School Streets Literature Review – August 2020
A review of the evidence around school streets (timed road closures in front of schools) finds that school streets create space for active travel without causing issues to traffic flow – Edinburgh Napier University, Sustrans, Road Safety Trust
Cycling and walking investment strategy: active travel investment models
This paper summarises the structure and underlying evidence and assumptions of three Active Travel Investment Models, for cycling, walking and walking to school, which have been created by Transport for Quality of Life and the Arup Aecom consortium for the Department for Transport.
Bike Life Report
Inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, Bike Life is the biggest assessment of cycling in cities and urban areas across the UK and Ireland.
Each city report looks at infrastructure, travel behaviour, the impact of cycling, and new initiatives.
Since first reports produced in 2015, Bike Life has informed policy decisions, justified investment and enabled cities to develop more ambitious action plans for cycling.
Active Travel & Physical Activity – Evidence from the people and places survey
Sports England’ evidence review finds:
• Increased active travel was not concentrated among the already active. The trend runs the other way (although it is not always statistically significant).
• In other words, people who were less active (in terms of active travel, and physical activity) tended to be more likely to increase their active travel than the already active. that active travel infrastructure effectively increases walking, cycling and physical activity.
Variation in active travel and the scope to increase participation:
an analysis of Active People Survey and National Travel Survey data
This report was commissioned by Sport England from Westminster University. It examines potential and scope for getting more people travelling actively (walking and cycling). It does this using two datasets: Active People Survey (2011/12-2015/16) and the National Travel Survey (2002-17). Both have strengths and limitations. APS1 has a large sample size which allows us to look at local authority level, particularly useful for cycling which has strong variation by local authority (but not at regional level). However, its focus is on physical activity rather than travel behaviour. NTS does ask detailed questions about travel behaviour, and the kinds of trips people make, unlike APS including children. However, NTS has a smaller sample size, so only regional (not local authority) breakdowns are possible.
Local sustainable transport fund: Final meta-analysis
Evaluation of 12 large projects from Local Sustainable Transport Fund, combining evidence and secondary data to assess the scheme’s impact.
LSTF evaluation: impact of sustainable transport measures on town centres
Evaluation of case study projects from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, focusing on the impacts on town centres.
Sustainable Travel Towns: evaluation of the longer-term impacts
Evaluation of longer term impacts of the Sustainable Travel Towns scheme, which involved a £10 million investment in ‘smarter choice’ programmes.
LSTF evaluation: visitor travel and sustainable transport
Evaluation of case study projects from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, focusing on the impacts on visitor travel and bike tourism.
Impact of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund: synthesis of evidence
Overview of evaluation findings presenting the Local Sustainable Transport Fund’s effects on transport use, the economy, carbon emissions and road safety.
Impact of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund: summary report
Evaluation findings from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, England’s biggest-ever competitive fund for sustainable transport.
The effects of Smarter Choice programmes in the Sustainable Travel Towns
Full independent report to evaluate results from the ‘Sustainable Travel Towns’ which implemented ‘Smarter Choice’ measures.