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A short presentation to Bond University students on Supportive Environment for Active Transport. Also touched on sustainability within transport assessments

A short presentation to Bond University students on Supportive Environment for Active Transport. Also touched on sustainability within transport assessments

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    • JULY 2010
      Architecture
      Supportive Environment for Active Transport
      For Bond University
      Engineering
      Project Management
      Landscape
    • WHO AM I?
      Richard Vaughan Jones
      BEng (Hons) RPEQ MIEA AITPM IPWEA IHT
      Principal Traffic & Transport
      07 5553 5516
      13 years UK experience
      7 years at London Councils
      6 years at private consultancy
      Working on a range of traffic and transport schemes including, local traffic management schemes, bikeways, bus lanes, walking routes, Controlled Parking Zones, Streetscape design, Transport Assessments, intersection design and Road Safety Audits
      3 years Aus experience
      Bikeways, Shared Zones, Road Safety investigations, intersection investigations, Road Safety Audits, DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) improvement projects, car park designs, road designs and Gold Coast Bikeway Network operational Plan (BNOP) 2008.
      June 2010
      Supportive Environment for Active Transport
    • What is ‘Active Transport’?
      Active transport is defined as physical activity undertaken as a means of transport and not purely as a form of recreation.
      Active transport generally refers to walking and cycling for travel to and/or from a destination, but may also include other activities such as the incidental activity associated with the use of public transport. (Vic Health)
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      Supportive Environment for Active Transport
    • CYCLING and WALKING
      Cycling and Walking has a number of health benefits:
      As a low-impact form of physical activity, it appeals to people who cannot participate in high-impact activities
      As a form of active transport and recreation, it enables many people to combine physical activity with transport and recreation
      There is also evidence that the public generally prefer unstructured forms of physical activity (Hahn & Craythorn, 1994, cited in Sallis et al, 1998) and cycling certainly fits into this category
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    • CYCLING and WALKING
      It appeals to people across the age spectrum, from childhood to adults
      The promotion of ‘lifestyle’ physical activity such as walking and cycling is more cost-effective than promotion of structured exercise programs
      As a form of active transport, cycling contributes to the additional benefits associated with reduced car use (improved air quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced noise pollution, improved community liveability and social connectedness).
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    • CYCLING and WALKING
      You feel fit, energetic, strong and healthy. If you've ever suffered from a lack of energy, say after an illness such as glandular fever, you'll know how good it is to have a healthy body. Feeling fit, energetic, strong and healthy makes you feel positive about life.
      Physical activity releases endorphins - these are the body's natural "feel good" chemicals - no wonder getting physical makes you feel good!
      Physical activity reduces stress and tension, making you one relaxed person.
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    • CYCLING and WALKING
      Exercise can improve mental health and reduce depression. Studies have shown that 'green' or outdoor physical activity is best if you can do it.
      Exhilaration - enjoy the thrill of some activities, like climbing a rock wall or BMX racing.
      Social enjoyment, like making new friends, enjoying the fun of a social team game together, or chatting while you walk, play tennis or bike ride together.
      Increased skills - practice means getting better at what you do.
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    • CYCLING and WALKING
      More physical activity means you can eat more without gaining kilos.
      Your muscles become stronger with more physical activity.
      You have a better night's sleep when you are regularly active.
      You have more energy and feel less tired.
      Being healthy means looking your glowing best - this can increase self-esteem and positive self-image.
      You can use strenuous physical activity as an effective way of reducing your anger.
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    • CYCLING and WALKING
      Any physical activity that involves an impact, eg walking, running, aerobics etc, helps to keep calcium in your bones, keeping them stronger for longer. This will make you stand tall and strong and help prevent osteoporosis when you're older.
      Physical activity means a strong heart and lungs - they'll last longer - and so will you! Your blood pressure and the bad cholesterol are lower, so you'll stay healthy in later years.
      It is free and easy to do
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    • CYCLING LINKS
      Australian Bicycle Councilwww.austroads.com.au/abc/
      Bicycle Federation of Australiawww.bfa.asn.au
      Bicycle NSWwww.bicyclensw.org.au
      BicycleNTwww.mysportonline.com.au
      Bicycle SAwww.bikesa.asn.au
      Bicycle Victoriawww.bv.com.au
      Bikeability Toolkitwww.travelsmart.gov.au/bikeability
      JULY 2010
      • CycleSmartwww.cyclesmart.net
      • Cycling Promotion Fundwww.cyclingpromotion.com.au
      • Cycling Resource Centrewww.cyclingresourcecentre.org.au
      • Cycling south, Tasmaniawww.cyclingsouth.org
      • Pedal Power, ACTwww.pedalpower.org.au
      • Pedestrian and Bicycle Transport Institute of Australasiawww.pedbiketrans.asn.au
      • bikestation SEATTLEwww.bikestation.org/seattle/services.asp
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    • WALKING LINKS
      Pedestrian and Bicycle Transport Institute of Australasiawww.pedbiketrans.asn.au
      Pedestrian Council of Australiawww.walk.com.au
      Walkable communities, United Stateswww.walkinginfo.org
      • Walk Safely to School Day - 6 Maywww.walk.com.au/WSTSD01/page.asp
      • Australian Capital Territory - Walking School Bus™www.ywca-canberra.org.au/walking_school_bus.htm
      • New South Wales - Walking School Bus™www.planning.nsw.gov.au
      Victoria - Walking School Bus™www.vichealth.vic.gov.au
      JULY 2010
      International
      • International Walk to School Month - October 2008www.iwalktoschool.org
      Canada
      • Walking and cycling to school tools and resources from Canada www.goforgreen.ca/asrts/tools_e.html
      New Zealand
      • Walking School Buswww.pinnacleresearch.co.nz
      United Kingdom
      • Let's walk to school www.walktoschool.org.uk
      • Walking School Buswww.walkingbus.com and www.geocities.com/transport_and_society/walkingbus.html
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    • SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT for ACTIVE TRANSPORT?
      What do we need in place to ensure that people can participate in Active Transport?
      Where do they need to be located?
      How can this be achieved?
      Can other benefits come from these initiatives?
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    • SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT for ACTIVE TRANSPORT?
      What do we need in place to ensure that people can participate in Active Transport?
      End trip facilities, such as, bike racks, lockers, showers, laundry, seating, good interchanges.
      On trip facilities, such as, drinking water, seating, shade, well designed and constructed routes.
      DDA Compliant paths and routes.
      Good links between activity centers such as Bond Uni / Varsity Square / Fitness First & Varsity Tavern.
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    • SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT for ACTIVE TRANSPORT?
      Where do they need to be located?
      End trip facilities need to be near as possible to popular destinations, such as, Universities, schools, shopping centre's, business areas, residential blocks.
      On trip facilities should be located at set distances between the end trip locations, especially for those who are walking.
      They need to be easily seen and recognised.
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    • SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT for ACTIVE TRANSPORT?
      How can this be achieved?
      Funding from State government and other bodies
      Can form part of the development application requirements for certain size developments
      Funding from private business who wish to encourage active travel within the workplace
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    • SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT for ACTIVE TRANSPORT?
      Can other benefits come from these initiatives?
      People will be healthier and happier
      Can reduce the need for parking on site, therefore increasing the possibility of expanding on the existing site
      Reduction in carbon footprint for the community
      Reduction in construction costs
      Improved safety due to more activity in the streets.
      A reduction in traffic volume and congestion.
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    • TRAFFIC IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
      Council and State Government request TIAs for medium to large developments to ensure that traffic volumes generated by the development does not exceed the capacity on the road network
      This is very limited in terms of Active Transport needs and the effect it has on the end users
      In the UK Transport Assessments are carried out, which also investigates how sustainable the development are in terms of transport.
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    • TRAFFIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT
      Existing traffic and growth
      Existing trip generation
      Proposed trip generation
      Trip distributions
      Traffic impact / modelling
      Proposed development access
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    • SUSTAINABILITY INVESTIGATION
      Parking requirements
      Journeys by road
      Public transport opportunities
      Cycling (8km isochrone)
      Walking (2km isochrone)
      Other initiatives, such as car share/pooling, car hire schemes, walking bus to school etc
      Facilities within the walking and cycling distances noted above, such as schools, shops, eateries, business, recreation, health centre’s etc
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    • WHAT IS THE EASY SOLUTION?
      Need to watch people’s desire lines – where are they going?
      Design facilities to accommodate these routes – what are your limitations?
      Ensure that difficult links are tackled – otherwise it will not be well utilised.
      Safer environment – more people = increased safety
      Education – especially the young, as they will grow up with a better and healthier way to live in the community.
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    • THANK YOU
      Any questions?
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