The emergency active travel measures we introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic are being evaluated as part of an independent research project.

About the project

To encourage social distancing and increase the use of active travel, a number of emergency schemes were introduced in summer 2020.

The schemes included:

  • pedestrianising high streets
  • creating cycle lanes
  • low-traffic neighbourhoods
  • widening footpaths
  • closing roads to traffic outside schools during drop-off and pick-up times

The aim of the research is to:

  • evaluate the impact of the emergency travel schemes on people’s travel behaviour (which will help make decisions and recommendations for similar schemes in the future)
  • give us recommendations on how to collect and best use data to monitor future travel schemes

What we have done

We have used Travel to Work data from TravelWest and existing data and feedback from consultations and surveys to evaluate the schemes.

We have also collected data through user surveys from:

  • Signal Road and Charnell Road, Staple Hill (low traffic neighbourhood)
  • Station Road, Yate (cycle lane)
  • Abbotswood School, Yate (school street)

We also surveyed a random selection of residents to gain the views of the wider community about these emergency active travel schemes.

These surveys have been carried out with funding from The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). A full report on the findings from the research will be published soon.

Who we are working with

We are working with:

  • the Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team (PHIRST)
  • Queens University Belfast
  • Newcastle University
  • Sheffield University
  • Edinburgh University
  • Glasgow University
  • Fuse – the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health
  • PaRC (the Public Health Practice and Research Collaborative for Yorkshire & Humber)
  • the Centre of Excellence for Public Health in Northern Ireland
  • the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy
  • the MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit

To find out more visit the Fuse website.

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