The Understanding Walking and Cycling project was a major three-year collaboration between Lancaster University, the University of Leeds, and Oxford Brookes University. The project team have just presented their findings, which are available here.
The research was a combination of a large-scale survey, advanced mapping techniques, and close-observation of individuals and families as they made their everyday transport choices. The team focussed their research on four locations: Lancaster, Worcester, Leicester and Leeds.
The report raises many important issues for anyone wishing to see an increase in walking and cycling as a proportion of transport choice in the England. From the physical environment (such as narrow footpaths and busy roads) to social perceptions of risk and of normality (or rather the abnormality of the individual who prefers to walk or cycle!!!) there are many barriers to participation in walking and cycling in the UK.
One of the members of the Understanding Walking and Cycling Team, Dynamo’s own Dave Horton, will be talking more on this topic at our AGM: The Gregson Centre, Moor Lane, Thursday 20 October at 7.15 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.).