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
Rapid global urbanization and the increase of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect make urban cooling a necessity as well as an opportunity to increase the liveability and amenity of cities. This review is a scoping study of the relevant worldwide UHI mitigation/adaptation...Read more
Cities worldwide are implementing modern transit systems to improve mobility in the increasingly congested metropolitan areas. Despite much research on the effects of such systems, a comparison of effects across transit modes and countries has not been studied comprehensively.
There has been a rapid global rise in both bike and car share offerings. Yet many of these have only current low adoption levels, highlighting a pressing need to understand the consumer behaviour that surrounds their adoption.