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23. 01. 2020 15:01


New housing developments focus too much on roads; forgetting cyclists and pedestrians

Too many new housing developments are being dominated by roads, with little consideration for other modes of transport, says a report by University College London.

The team behind the report believe that planners and engineers are approving roads that do not appropriately account for ‘green’ transport such as walking and cycling.

Specifically, the report reveals that almost 75% of 142 developments surveyed should not have been awarded planning permission.

Of these, 20% should have been rejected and more than 50% required amendment to enhance the consideration of pedestrians and cyclists.


The report follows the second part of the National Travel Attitudes Study (NTAS), which provides information on public attitudes to travel and transport.

Of 2,500 individuals surveyed, three quarters agreed that people should reduce their usage of motor vehicles in urban areas for the sake of the environment and public health.

The report revealed a changing public opinion, when compared to equivalent results from previous surveys.

For example, in 2017, 46% agreed and 29% disagreed with the statement that reducing personal car use is pointless unless others do the same. In 2019, however, 35% agreed and 45% disagreed.

This shift in attitude is encouraging. However, government action that matches this public opinion is required to see further improvement in the consideration of cyclists, pedestrians and the environment when building new transport infrastructure.


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