Governments, planners and analysts across Australia agree that mode shift from the automobile to walking, cycling and public transport is desirable for environmental, social and health reasons, but in all our major cities trends are heading in the opposite direction. Various remedies have been proposed, but all have their drawbacks. Road pricing, for example, is widely supported by transport planners, but is extremely unpopular with the public. Curtailing road expansion in favour of increased investment in public transport would be popular with environmentalists and many community groups, but is strongly resisted by road authorities and motoring organizations. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an inexpensive, pain-free way of moving towards sustainable urban transport? Enter Travel Behaviour Modification (TBM), represented in Australia by TravelSmart (an adaptation of the IndiMark® concept) and Travel Blending®. TBM uses individualised marketing to change public perceptions of the attractiveness of more sustainable modes, with the aim of changing travel behaviour. Before we consider the effectiveness of TBM, it is worth reflecting on why this approach might be expected to gain wide support.
Transportation planners are often looking for efficiency in transportation but this article in Science Advances has also identified that resilience is an important city design feature. Planning for when disruptions occur can help to avoid city gridlock.Read more
The 2020s are predicted to be a decade of transformation for urban mobility. There are at least six forces that are expected to disrupt the urban mobility landscape. From self-driving vehicles and the sharing economy, through to vehicle electrification, mobile computing, the...Read more
With regard to separation of food scraps for composting, this research identified that there are two important aspects often overlooked when the focus is only on behaviour: 1. Policy makers need to ensure that there are socio-technical systems supporting diverse groups of people...Read more
Using Western Australian rail history, and a survey of private investment in transit globally, this paper demonstrates that new partnerships with private transport investment can invigorate the future of cities.
This report is based on lessons learned from 16 cities that are working toward electrifying their bus transit fleets. It provides background information on e-buses and offers a planning and implementation framework for cities with varying levels of experience in e-bus adoption.
Electric buses (e-buses) can help cities address air quality issues and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (along with a clean grid). However, the transition to e-buses has been subject to growing pains. This report identifies some of the largest and most common barriers to e-bus adoption.