We at PTRC are very excited about the #2021TPM Programme! We have asked speakers from the conference to give us some insight on the main themes emerging in the #2021TPM programme and explore what these topics mean to them. Every few weeks, we will give you new perspectives on the important subjects that we will tackle at TPM. Take this opportunity to dive into the main themes from the conference programme!
Viva predict and provide! Or the battle of the truisms
Inevitably, for decisions as important as the long-term consequences of a transport policy or project for urban structure and society, we need some kind of forecasting or modelling. Irrespective of the complexity of those models, from simple trend extrapolation to state-of-the art activity- or agent-based models, we cannot provide confidence without predicting the outcomes of alternative decisions.
Diversity in Transport Planning
Vive la (transport) révolution
This past year has been revolutionary for transport, with the profession showing that it has the ability to break free from the status quo to deliver transformative schemes that were rarely considered possible before. This flexibility and drive to adapt is extremely encouraging – if only we could harness the same level of energy when it came to improving diversity in the industry!
The case for putting inclusion and diversity on the Transport Research agenda
Most Transport practitioners would likely consider themselves as being pro-inclusion, maybe even citing the lack of representation of women and minority groups within the industry itself and pointing to programmes to encourage these groups of people to enter and progress through the industry through better visibility, opportunities and working environments. Whilst this is commendable, and indeed representation within the industry is important for wider social equality…
Streets for People
The traffic stopped, and out came the people.
The space that had been cannibalised by motor vehicles was suddenly inviting pedestrians to climb over the guard railing and children out of cramped flats. Streets became theatre stages, with children skating, parents reading on their front porches, friendly hellos from passing neighbours and people jogging without breathing in toxic fumes.
The Changing Use of Streets
The last year has probably seen the greatest amount of change to our streets in decades – at least in some towns and cities. The impact of Covid-19 has seen many authorities’ plans to prioritise streets for people accelerated, rather than vehicles. We have seen the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (with varying names such as Active Neighbourhoods or People Friendly Streets), we have seen road space re-allocated for cycle lanes and footway widening (sometimes temporary, sometimes permanent) and the introduction of school streets. And in some cases we have seen the road space re-allocated back after opposition.
Does #2021TPM Realise We Are In Danger?
We face a climate crisis, a climate emergency. Hands up if you don’t believe this to be the case? If you do, then its worth reminding ourselves that: ‘crisis’ means a time of intense difficulty or danger; ‘emergency’ means a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. With this being the case and with transport being a significant contributor to the danger we are facing, it might be surprising to look at the content of the 2021 TPM programme.
Streets to Decarbonisation
Global emissions over the next few decades will shape our planet for centuries to come and the risks of delaying our response are significant. As the leading meeting of transport practitioners, the focus at TPM around decarbonisation will need to be how we can best influence positive changes to movement patterns, the infrastructure that facilitates it, and the environment in which we move, as we seek to ensure that the transport sector plays its part.
Travel Demand Management
2020 into 2021 – the largest ever travel behavioural change phenomenon!
We are emerging from Travel Demand Management (TDM) of an epic proportion. The Covid-19 pandemic turned travel demand on its head literally overnight in March 2020. This was emergency TDM in response to a public health crisis. It wasn’t planned and calculated like other major programmes such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It wasn’t short and sharp either – 13 months on and we are still experiencing unprecedented scales of demand management for commuting and leisure.
Travel Demand Management: Tools and Techniques
Travel Demand Management (TDM) aims to influence transport demand, by addressing travel behaviour (how, when, why and where people travel) in order to increase the transport system efficiency and achieve specific planning objectives.
TDM presents a powerful and effective tool that can mitigate the impact of roadworks on customer satisfaction, improve congestion on roadworks areas, and help mitigate associated environmental impact, and contribute to the effective delivery of roadworks schemes.
COVID-19 and Transport Planning
Why reshaping and reimagining the school run is an important issue to discuss at TPM 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen radical changes to all aspects of our lives. Lockdown restrictions and social distancing have meant a rethink of how we do everything, including travel, and have had a significant impact upon travel behaviour across the country.
TPM 2021 and COVID-19 recovery
The pandemic has disrupted just about everything over the past year. Some areas of transport have taken a bashing while others have become more prominent. A greater emphasis on walking and cycling has played out while passengers have largely deserted trains and buses.