Can policy makers strike a more satisfactory balance between their professional expertise and the thinking of ordinary citizens?
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John Dales is a streets design adviser to local authorities around the UK, a member of several design review panels, and one of the London mayor’s design advocates. He is a past chair of the Transport Planning Society, a former trustee of Living Streets, and a committee member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. He is director of transport planning and street design consultancy Urban Movement.
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Important and credible fuzzy projections by the Department for Transport - but still fuzzy thinking about Stonehenge
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Glenn Lyons is fed up with waiting for promised government action to control the abuse of pavements by motorists and motoring. He wants 2022 to be the year that this issue is finally tackled.
Greg Marsden led a team that has closely tracked the changes that restrictions brought to our established behaviour patterns and analysed their implications. He strongly believes that the changes are both surprising, significant and structural.
Steve Melia raises a potentially significant dimension by questioning whether the ‘transport experts’ are actually thinking consistently and logically.
Road users are changing their behaviour based on what their satnavs tell them, but the implications are not yet being recognised by those responsible for planning and operating the network.
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Peter Stonham holds a degree in transport and has studied and written about the subject for more than 30 years. He is editorial director of Landor LINKS, which he founded, and has led the development of Local Transport Today and its other specialist magazines and online networks.
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There is an evident need to balance politics and practice in the great electric car conversion that will set a behavioural template likely to be a reality for decades to come.
The last few years have seen considerable discussion about the possibility that long-established trends in car ownership and use are changing, and that we may even have reached the point of ‘Peak Car’ - at least in developed economies like the UK.