Dr Rachel Aldred, Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster, was featured in several mainstream media outlets for her research into London’s mini Holland scheme and her ‘Near Miss Project’.

The first study, published in the Journal of Transportation Research, found that London’s mini-Holland schemes, currently built in Enfield, Kingston, and Waltham Forest, have led to more walking and cycling.

Articles in The Guardian, Cyclist and Road.cc magazines reported Dr Aldred’s research outcomes which show that people living in intervention areas walk and cycle 41 minutes a week more than people living in other areas.

Talking about her findings, Dr Rachel Aldred said: “New infrastructure often takes some time to have an effect on active travel, but in this case we are seeing positive results after only one year. 

“It is also important to note that while the schemes are sometimes perceived as being ‘for cyclists’, they are encouraging more walking – in fact, the increase in walking is greater in absolute terms than the increase in cycling.”

Other research carried out by Dr Aldred was also recently featured by The Times, Cycling Weekly, the Daily Express and BBC London found that cyclists’ experience one close pass every 10 to 20 miles.

She was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about her research and said: “I think it is a case of being considerate and remembering that vulnerable road users, people walking and cycling need to be treated with care and respect, often overtaking may only save a few seconds.”

Listen to Dr Aldred’s interview for BBC Radio 4 from 35:07.

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