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Pedestrian transport planning for TODs in China

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The construction of new metro lines continues at a fast pace in China, but transit stops in Chinese cities often suffer from poor pedestrian accessibility. With an ageing population and fast-growing cities, station accessibility is key to unlock the full potential of public transport and promote sustainability.

In this article for Urban China magazine, Georgies Srour and Martin Wedderburn seek to explain the reasons behind this phenomenon. After analysing the spatial, policy-related and economic challenges transit-oriented developments are facing in China, we propose solutions adapted to the Chinese context.

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New logo, same philosophy: Transport planning at a human scale

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We are proud to present our new Chinese corporate logo. Our distinctive walking legs logo has morphed into the ‘Ren’ character. This simple two-stroke character means ‘person’ and thus fully embodies our philosophy of ‘transport planning at a human scale’. We are already applying this philosophy to several high profile retail and mixed use masterplans in major Chinese cities.

Through our cooperation with the Oval Partnership, we are able to offer our transport planning services throughout China branded as Beijing Wedderburn Transport Planning Consulting.

Please contact georgies@wedderburntransportplanning.com for more information.

我们很高兴跟大家分享我们公司中国区的新标志。之前的‘行人’标志变形为‘人’字,新标志的设计意义在于人字跟我们的以人为本的交通设计理念完全符合。而且,这个理念已经在中国很多商业和混合用地开发项目开始设施了。

通过我们跟欧华尔顾问有限公司的合作,我们以北京威德奔交通规划咨询的名称开始提供了交通咨询服务。

如果想咨询更多可以联系 :
北京办公室联系人 – 楚杰士 (Georgies) georgies@wedderburntransportplanning.com

Managing micromobility

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Micromobility is an umbrella term that refers to the growing number of small, often electric powered vehicles such as e-scooters, e-bikes, self-balancing devices and e-skateboards that we are increasingly seeing on our streets. Their wider introduction affects all public and private landowners because micromobility vehicles may be used and/or parked on private land. These vehicles present opportunities and risks for landowners, which can be navigated with some forward planning.

In this article for DAC Beachcroft, Martin Wedderburn, shares his views on the opportunities and risks for landowners and developers presented by this evolving form of transport.

See the full article here.

What role for transport planners in today’s data revolution?

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A changing world of data collection

The transport planning profession has always been data-heavy. We rely on local data collection, quantitative evidence, benchmarking and behavioural research.

First-hand experience of data collection is invaluable for future transport planners. It teaches us to always check and question the data we use and its meaning. However, the world of transport data collection is rapidly evolving and, with it, our skill sets must also evolve to understand these new data sources.

The five highest valued companies in the world today are software companies. And we constantly hear of the relative value of technology companies compared to traditional manufacturing and service businesses.

Without actually owning and operating any hotels, AirBnB and Booking.com are both valued higher than any international hotel chain. And without operating any transport services (and without even making a profit), Uber’s valuation is higher than many of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers.

The business model of the tech intermediary passes the risk of actually operating services and producing goods to third parties. But that business model is also a race, which relies on rapid expansion to gain maximum market share as quickly as possible.

The reward for winning the race to market share is unrivalled insight into the behaviour of consumers – i.e. data – that forms a major part of the value of these companies.

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How to become a transport planner: Hard hats, hi-vis and houmous

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There are many transport planners who end up in the profession and wonder how they got there. But there are also transport planners who chose the profession deliberately.

What inspired me to become a transport planner?

I am one of the latter. And before you ask, I wasn’t obsessed with train sets as a child. I was never taken train-spotting or to a heritage bus rally, and I didn’t even have any family or friends working in transport. But I think I know the reason. I was a child in Scotland in the 1980s. I witnessed the decline of reliable public transport options, and the relatively quiet streets I could cycle on rapidly disappearing under the weight of rapid car growth.

Read more in Transport Times…

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Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets

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Centre for London, the think tank for London, has published its report from the Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets, looking at how the capital could tackle the conflicting pressures on its transport system. Martin Wedderburn has assisted the Commission in authoring the report as a Research Associate.

The independent Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets was convened by Centre for London and chaired by Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England. Its aim was to develop new thinking on what London could do to manage the conflicting pressures on the capital’s surface transport system and public realm.

The Commission’s final report calls on the Mayor to make more efficient use of London’s finite road network, by focusing his efforts on creating a transport system centred on public transport, walking and cycling, and making the most of new technology. The report comes as the Mayor finalises his Transport Strategy.

The Commission recommended an ambitious and innovative package of policy reforms, to help achieve this vision, including:

  • Introducing a London Movement Code to better guide the interaction between different road users.
  • Introducing a cashback scrappage scheme as part of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, benefiting motorists who pay ULEZ charges frequently.
  • Replacing the Congestion Charge with a pan-London, pre-pay smart road user pricing scheme.
  • Reviewing the Congestion Charge to remove the exemption from private hire vehicles and reduce the resident discount.
  • Encouraging households to give up their parking permits through incentives such as Oyster or car club credits.

Driverless vehicles at Place North West event on Futureproofing Retail

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Martin will be speaking about driverless vehicles at Place North West event on Futureproofing Retail on Thursday 8th September in Manchester. A great deal has been written recently about the potential benefits of autonomous vehicles. Yet transport planners have only just begun to think through the implications for our travel patterns and the nature of our built environment. Martin will discuss the resulting challenges and opportunities for the retail sector

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