Dr Rachel Aldred, a Reader on the Transport Planning and Management MSc course, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme about the need for people to use public transport rather than their cars. 

Portrait of Rachel Aldred
Rachel Aldred

The discussion centred on the ‘Mini-Hollands’ in London, the three boroughs that have been awarded £30m each to help them create a network of cycle routes. Dr Aldred said of the scheme: “One of the things that’s promising about the mini-Holland interventions is that these are in the suburbs of London, outer-London, these are more traditionally car-dependent areas so I think the fact that we’ve seen a shift there is important.

Some of the work that I’ve done around cycling potential with colleagues has also shown that a lot of the journeys now that are made across England could currently be cycled.”

When asked how to encourage people to get out of the cars, Dr Aldred said: “It’s about creating the infrastructure, creating the incentives, making walking, cycling and public transport attractive, and safe, comfortable options for people.” 

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