Centre for Transport and Society news
The Centre for Transport and Society (CTS) is regularly involved in policy shaping research and important events.
This section presents an archive of stories that date back to the activity of the precursor to CTS, the Unit for Transport and Society, in 2002.
News from 2016
Urban Development Around Transport Hubs: Conference Presentations
The presentations at our conference on Urban Development Around Transport Hubs on April 27 are now available to download from the website of Landor, who co-organised the event.
Vulnerable Road Users, Urban Design and Shared Space
The journal Urban Design and Planning (from the Institute of Civil Engineers) has just published a special edition, co-edited by Dr Steve Melia, on disabilities and vulnerable road users. The special edition of the journal focuses on the challenges of designing urban environments and transport infrastructure for people with a range of disabilities. Steve collaborated with Dr Sarah Norgate of Salford University to bring together articles from specialists in the field; both have written about the problems created by shared space for vulnerable road users, one of the themes addressed in the special edition.
CTS awarded Department for Transport project to explain young people’s reduced car use
CTS has been successful in being awarded a project to review evidence on the causes of the decline in car driving of young adults in Great Britain. The project led by Kiron Chatterjee, and involving a team from the Centre for Transport and Society and the Transport Studies Unit (Oxford University), will investigate the topic by conducting a systematic review of literature and secondary analysis of existing data sets.
Universities Transport Study Group Annual ConferenceThe Centre for Transport and Society co-hosted a successful Universities Transport Studies Group conference at the beginning of January in Bristol. The conference was attended by 85 delegates and 70 papers were presented covering the breadth of current transport research in the UK. CTS also made a significant contribution with 12 papers presented by staff and PhD students.
Cochrane review article on cycling and injuries in top 5% of all research outputs
A paper co-authored by Professor John Parkin of the Centre for Transport and Society, which describes a Cochrane systematic review of the evidence in relation to cycling infrastructure and its impact on cycling injuries, is reported by Altmetric as being in the top 5% of all research outputs of the same age. There was no evidence that cycle lanes reduce the rate of cycle collisions and there was no difference in collisions for cyclists using cycle routes and networks compared with cyclists not using cycle routes and networks. From data presented narratively, the use of 20 mph speed restrictions in urban areas may be effective at reducing cyclist collisions. Redesigning specific parts of cycle routes that may be particularly busy or complex in terms of traffic movement may be beneficial to cyclists in terms of reducing the risk of collision. The quality of the evidence was very low and there is uncertainty about the results. The paper has been translated into German and Croatian and is receiving attention in Brazil.