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Top 10 Things to Know About Walking

 

1. Walking Can Help You Burn Fat and Lose Weight: When you walk for more than 45 minutes at a brisk pace, your body must burn stored fat. This helps you not only lose weight, but lose excess body fat.

 

2. You May Not Be Walking Right: You should work on good walking posture, arm motion, and foot motion to get the most out of a walking workout. Avoid these 10 walking mistakes to get the best results.

 

3. You Need the Right Walking Shoes: While you can take a walk in almost any footwear, you will be able to walk better with flat, flexible athletic shoes that fit right.

NICE announcement on new 'quality statements'​ for streets and roads

 

On 04/01/2019 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) announced a consultation on new 'quality statements' for streets and roads, to deliver the best health outcomes for the general population.

Shared Surface Injunction - Latest Clarification

 

The Government has clarified certain aspects of its injunction against level surface shared space schemes, although designers and local planners still feel the situation is in limbo.

NPPF leaves wriggle room to support limiting parking spaces

 

The Government's revised National Planning Policy Framework has left local transport planners with enough wriggle room to support limiting parking spaces for major developments

Government publishes revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – a Transport Planner’s perspective

 

The Government published its revision of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) yesterday (24 July 2018). During the consultation the government held 10 regional engagement events and approximately 40 individual meetings.

Revised NPPF Parking Standards

 

The NPPF revision discourages the setting of maximum parking standards. If you don’t have maximum standards you either have no standards, which no one wants, or minimum standards, which could see some local authorities setting rising standards with the size of a housing development and they might have fairly relaxed standards to compete with neighbouring councils for office developments.

The EV market in 2019: Why the future will be all-electric

 

Air pollution has been one of the main talking points of 2019; with reports of major cities like Oxford, Manchester and Newcastle Upon Tyne going far beyond the legal limits for carbon emissions, it’s clear that something must be done to make our air safe and breathable

What’s the difference between zebra, puffin, pelican & Toucan crossings?

 

Puffins, pelicans and zebras? Yes, you’ve read that right – and yes, this is a blog about driving, not an advert for a safari holiday. So why are we talking about them? Well, sorting out the pelicans from the puffins and zebras is an essential part of your road, & depending on your specialism, professional knowledge. It’ll come in handy and it’s always nice to let pedestrians across the road when you’re supposed to!

 

Zebra crossings

Zebra crossings have two sets of flashing amber beacons (known as ‘Belisha beacons’ after the Liberal politician Leslie Hore-Belisha, who introduced them to crossings in 1934). 

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The five major challenges facing electric vehicles

 

1. Change takes time

 

One of the UK's best-selling cars is the all-electric Tesla Model 3. But its success doesn't change the fact that only about 1.1% of new cars sold this year are electric, and that the market for used electric vehicles hardly exists.

As it takes most UK drivers anywhere between one and 15 years to change their vehicles, many of us won't be thinking about buying an electric model any time soon.

Bigger changes are needed. We will need many more places for charging electric vehicles, for example. And because fuel tax is an important source of income for the government - and electric vehicle users pay lower taxes - changes to the tax system may be required.

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Appeal Decission on Site Sustainability and Accessibility

 

Barratt West Midlands and Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd have been successful in their appeal against the decision of Redditch Borough Council not to grant them outline planning permission for Webheath. Inspector Clive Kirkbride following the inquiry held on 21st and 22nd January 2014 allowed the appeal, led by Ian Dove QC.

 

The inspector, considered that the main issue was whether the proposed development would amount to a sustainable form of development, having regard to the following matters:

Basics: walking distance to Public Transport

 

The question of walking distance in transport is much bigger than it seems. A huge range of consequential decisions — including stop spacing, network structure, travel time, reliability standards, frequency and even mode choice — depend on assumptions about how far customers will be willing to walk. The same issue also governs the amount of money an agency will have to spend on predictably low-ridership services that exist purely for social-service or “equity” reasons.

 

We regularly receive emails asking about how walking distance standards vary around the world. I don’t know the whole world, but in the countries we’ve worked in (UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Emirates, Gulf) the view is pretty consistent:

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Is it illegal to ride your bicycle on the pavement?

 

Dramatic changes are being revealed in many town and cities throughout the UK and worldwide to make sure people can maintain social distancing as lockdown is eased. As leading Transport Planning Consultants, our Research Lab is often asked - is it illegal to ride bicycles on pavements?
 

There are a number of myths and misconceptions around what it is and isn’t legal, from whether bikes are allowed on pavements to whether it’s against the law for cyclists to ride in any other formation than single file.

 

In this research, we bust some myths and answer the question - is it illegal to ride a bicycle on the pavement?

Response to E-scooter consultation

 

The department for transport E-scooter consultation closed last month (02/06/2020). The consultation was to decide on how to alter regulations to enable e-scooter trials to begin and to set the rules e-scooter users must follow during these trials.

The call for evidence asked for views on a definition of an e-scooter and its physical design, the maximum speed and power limits to be allowed in trials and a range of rules for legal e-scooter use during trials.

CIHT recommended that e-scooters should be treated similarly to electrically assisted pedal cycle (EAPC) and that regulatory changes should : 

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Go ahead for electric scooter trials

 

Electric scooters will be available to rent in the Tees Valley later this month after the Government fast tracked new regulations allowing trials of the hired micro mobility vehicles.

 

Further cities and regions looking to introduce e-scooter services in the coming months include Nottingham, the West Midlands and the West of England. But the use of privately owned electric scooters on public roads remains an offence.

 

News that trials of rental e-scooters are set to go ahead was welcomed by the AA’s campaigns manager Lorna Lee, who told a Transport Select Committee evidence session:

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Future of Transport

 

The Department for Transport Future of Transport Regulatory Review: Call for Evidence closed this Friday (03/07/2020). The consultation revolved around micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services and Mobility as a Service.

The call for evidence asked questions on the three areas: micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services and Mobility as a Service. Specifically: 

  • whether certain micromobility vehicles (such as electric scooters) should be permitted on the road, and if so what vehicle and user requirements would be appropriate
  • how effective existing rules are around flexible bus services, and which other areas of the bus, taxi and private hire vehicle framework should be considered in this review

Future of Transport

 

The Department for Transport Future of Transport Regulatory Review: Call for Evidence closed this Friday (03/07/2020). The consultation revolved around micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services and Mobility as a Service.

The call for evidence asked questions on the three areas: micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services and Mobility as a Service. Specifically: 

Go ahead for electric scooter trials

 

Electric scooters will be available to rent in the Tees Valley later this month after the Government fast tracked new regulations allowing trials of the hired micro mobility vehicles.

 

Further cities and regions looking to introduce e-scooter services in the coming months include Nottingham, the West Midlands and the West of England.

Response to E-scooter consultation

 

The department for transport E-scooter consultation closed last month (02/06/2020). The consultation was to decide on how to alter regulations to enable e-scooter trials to begin and to set the rules e-scooter users must follow during these trials.

The call for evidence asked for views on a definition of an e-scooter and its physical design, the maximum speed and power limits ...

Is it illegal to ride your bicycle on the pavement?

 

Dramatic changes are being revealed in many town and cities throughout the UK and worldwide to make sure people can maintain social distancing as lockdown is eased. As leading Transport Planning Consultants, our Research Lab is often asked - is it illegal to ride bicycles on pavements?

Basics: walking distance to Public Transport

 

The question of walking distance in transport is much bigger than it seems. A huge range of consequential decisions — including stop spacing, network structure, travel time, reliability standards, frequency and even mode choice — depend on assumptions about how far customers will be willing to walk. 

What’s the difference between zebra, puffin, pelican & Toucan crossings?

 

Puffins, pelicans and zebras? Yes, you’ve read that right – and yes, this is a blog about driving, not an advert for a safari holiday. So why are we talking about them? Well, sorting out the pelicans from the puffins and zebras is an essential part of your road, & depending on your specialism, professional knowledge. It’ll come in handy and it’s always nice to let pedestrians across the road when you’re supposed to!

The five major challenges facing electric vehicles

 

1. Change takes time

 

One of the UK's best-selling cars is the all-electric Tesla Model 3. But its success doesn't change the fact that only about 1.1% of new cars sold this year are electric, and that the market for used electric vehicles hardly exists.

 

Top 10 Things to Know About Walking

 

1. Walking Can Help You Burn Fat and Lose Weight: When you walk for more than 45 minutes at a brisk pace, your body must burn stored fat. This helps you not only lose weight, but lose excess body fat.

2. You May Not Be Walking Right: You should work on good walking posture, arm motion, and foot motion to get the most out of a walking workout. Avoid these 10 walking mistakes to get the best results.