"Building a transport system for a sustainable society" Jesmond Library Talk - 13 February 2013

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A brief look at why and how we can transition into a sustainable transport future

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"Building a transport system for a sustainable society" Jesmond Library Talk - 13 February 2013

  1. 1. Building a transport system for a sustainable society Katja Leyendecker Eur.Ing CEng C.WEM MCIWEM Water engineer Newcastle Cycling Campaign
  2. 2. The Engineering Challenges of Sustainable Transport Infrastructure…what do engineers do all day? Utilities (gas, water, electricity) - grids and generation Communication (broadband, television, radio, mobile phone, landline) Water and disposal (sewage, landfill, transfer stations) Flood and water (rivers, streams, canals, dams, reservoirs) Transport (roads and streets, bridges, rail, ports, airports, freight distribution centres, bus / light rail / local transport)
  3. 3. Stress on society Big national projects Economic growth Population Consumption  Decentralised community solutions Sustainability = living in a finite habitat
  4. 4. Transport emissions
  5. 5. Modal shift - proposed “Sustrans calls on UK governments to invest in doubling the number of journeys under five miles made by foot, bike and public transport to four out of five by 2020.”
  6. 6. What we know People who currently cycle, cycle regardless of the current conditions The majority of people don't cycle And they tell us they don't cycle because cycling • is for kids and not normal for adults • there is no safe space for cycling
  7. 7. What we know Political will Steady funding / investment Technical expertise, engineering and land use planning
  8. 8. Do we ‘need’ the car? What can other countries tell us? The transitioned countries : Netherlands, Denmark Germany The transitioners: Spain (Sevilla), Ireland (Dublin), US (New York City)
  9. 9. The six building blocks for sustainable urban transport
  10. 10. The six building blocks for sustainable urban transport citywide plan is needed, cabinet, policy implications, car parking policy, city centre bus route rationalisation, question traffic flow model, transport transition debate, car restraint
  11. 11. The six building blocks for sustainable urban transport clearer space will remove conflict, road classification, all roads over 30mph need cycle-specific infrastructure
  12. 12. The six building blocks for sustainable urban transport creating ownership, removing rat-runs, install gateways and necking-down corners, calmer streets, streets for people
  13. 13. The six building blocks for sustainable urban transport prioritise walking and cycling, many different concepts, Newcastle should innovate
  14. 14. The six building blocks for sustainable urban transport Newcastle's 20mph conversion is incomplete, community speed surveys, speed reduction is not always enough, cycle infrastructure may still be required
  15. 15. The six building blocks for sustainable urban transport promote cycle routes, talking positively about walking and cycling, discouraging car use
  16. 16. What would it look like?
  17. 17. People of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
  18. 18. Youn g And Old
  19. 19. Thank you

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