DEPICT: DEsigning and Policy Implementation for encouraging Cycling and walking Trips
Walking and cycling represent the most sustainable forms of mobility for cities as they make the transition to low-carbon transport systems. Besides the environmental benefits, both can provide considerable health and wellbeing benefits to those who engage in them, regardless of their social background. But while attention typically falls on the ‘hard’ infrastructure involved, less is paid to the ‘soft’ factors such as governance, regulation and information sharing that underpin these modes of travel.
DEPICT: DEsigning and Policy Implementation for encouraging Cycling and walking Trips aims to address this knowledge gap through a survey of community-led walking and cycling initiatives. To provide a counter balance to the disproportionate focus of research in this area on the global North, it spans a comparative analysis of cities in Brazil (Sao Paulo) and the UK (London). Besides enhancing academic knowledge on this subject, the project will also improve the capacity of urban communities to develop walking and cycling in their neighbourhoods.
Tim Schwanen (Principal Investigator, Associate Professor in Transport Studies and Human Geography)
Desk review of published research of community-led walking and cycling projects
Extensive fieldwork and interviews with community stakeholders.
Dissemination of findings through website and policy briefings.