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Streets Ahead

A podcast dedicated to the world of active travel, liveable streets and people-focused urban design

Cities around the world are finally discovering the pitfalls of a car-centric transport system, with the most progressive cities implementing protected cycle lanes, liveable streets and low traffic neighbourhoods for imp
Latest Episode12/2/2022

When is a Bike Lane Not a Bike Lane?

Season 1, Ep. 48
In this special episode Laura goes to the seaside. It may be pouring with rain but Brighton and Shoreham-by-Sea offer a warm welcome, showing us the good stuff happening for cycling in Brighton, and the latest (largely bad stuff) on the short-lived cycle lane on Upper Shoreham road. This ill-fated cycle lane in West Sussex was removed after a few short weeks, despite huge support and a tripling of cycle trips during its existence. What's next for the frankly terrifying road it once sat on, and for the many children and their families that navigate it every day? And what's the least likely transport combination you can think of? All this and more, in this special episode of Streets Ahead.Thanks to Adam Bronkhorst at campaign group Shoreham-by-Cycle, and to Mark Strong, of transport consultancy Transport Initiatives, for taking the time to show Laura round and sharing their considerable expertise. Here's some background to the Upper Shoreham Road story, which road.cc covered from the start: https://road.cc/show/tags/upper-shoreham-road/189511And more recently, the Argus:https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19877352.council-acted-illegally-removing-upper-shoreham-road-cycle-lane/https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20293658.upper-shoreham-road-cycle-lane-not-ruled-out/We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsaheadIf you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.Episode edited by Clare Mansell
12/2/2022

When is a Bike Lane Not a Bike Lane?

Season 1, Ep. 48
In this special episode Laura goes to the seaside. It may be pouring with rain but Brighton and Shoreham-by-Sea offer a warm welcome, showing us the good stuff happening for cycling in Brighton, and the latest (largely bad stuff) on the short-lived cycle lane on Upper Shoreham road. This ill-fated cycle lane in West Sussex was removed after a few short weeks, despite huge support and a tripling of cycle trips during its existence. What's next for the frankly terrifying road it once sat on, and for the many children and their families that navigate it every day? And what's the least likely transport combination you can think of? All this and more, in this special episode of Streets Ahead.Thanks to Adam Bronkhorst at campaign group Shoreham-by-Cycle, and to Mark Strong, of transport consultancy Transport Initiatives, for taking the time to show Laura round and sharing their considerable expertise. Here's some background to the Upper Shoreham Road story, which road.cc covered from the start: https://road.cc/show/tags/upper-shoreham-road/189511And more recently, the Argus:https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19877352.council-acted-illegally-removing-upper-shoreham-road-cycle-lane/https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20293658.upper-shoreham-road-cycle-lane-not-ruled-out/We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsaheadIf you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.Episode edited by Clare Mansell
10/27/2022

Cost of Living & Transport

Season 1, Ep. 46
The cost of living crisis is forefront in many people's minds at the moment, but while the pressure has ramped up since the war in Ukraine, for some people transport poverty has plagued their lives for far longer. Our guest Professor Sarah Marie Hall is a geographer with a focus on geographical feminist political economy. She describes this as "understanding how socio-economic processes are shaped by gender relations, lived experience and social difference". Sarah Marie tells us how the impact of transport cuts adds to other growing pressures on people's lives - but the solutions have huge benefits too, both for broad topics such as sustainability, to intimate ones like our personal relationships.You can find out more about Professor Hall's work here: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/sarah.m.hall.htmlYou can read Laura's recent article on the cost of living crisis and access to transport, featuring Professor Hall, here (login to read, it's free): https://www.smarttransport.org.uk/insight-and-policy/finance-and-funding/transport-poverty-is-poor-reflection-on-british-societyIf you happen to be in Manchester on Tuesday 8 November 2022, Professor Hall and her colleague, Professor Karen Lucas, will discuss transport poverty at the local level, at the Mechanics Institute. Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transport-poverty-and-economic-austerity-an-open-discussion-tickets-431559073807We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsaheadIf you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.Episode edited by Clare Mansell
6/30/2022

Routing for cycling

Season 1, Ep. 43
This episode Adam, Ned and Laura meet in person in the grass beside Herne Hill Velodrome. Adam also takes us on an audio journey through South London using a Beeline routing widget to avoid the main roads and discover some quiet gems - and some strange cycleway nomenclature - along the way.As well as pondering the many uses of bollards, not least in creating quiet routes, the Streets Ahead trio discuss the challenges, and solutions, of finding your way by bike, away from the main roads, from paint to decent signage - and the role of private companies in helping create modal shift.Tom Putnam, the cofounder of Beeline, joins Streets Ahead to discuss these issues, and explain how Beeline works to provide quiet routes for people cycling. Beeline's routing is based on Open Street Map, with user feedback helping to constantly improve information around which streets work for cycling, and which ones don't, using simple plus and minus buttons on the routing app or widget. Lighting, low traffic volumes, hilliness and cycle lanes are among the things the algorithm uses to define 'good' routes.The Beeline Velo 2 is the latest widget iteration, and the Beeline routing software is also available via a phone app. You can find out more here: https://global.beeline.co/We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsaheadIf you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.
5/19/2022

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox

Ep. 42
A special edition of Streets Ahead, in which Laura travels to the Isle of Wight to meet Detective Superintendent Andy Cox for day one of his nationwide challenge to cycle and run 30 miles a day for a week, raising awareness of road danger, and money for charity RoadPeace.Andy is on a mission to drive a culture change around roads policing and road danger, having this week revealed, via the Times, a major shakeup in how police record contributory factors in road collisions, which revealed speeding as the number one cause of crashes, contributing to three times more collisions in Manchester and London where a pilot took place. He's pushing data-led policing, taken from his time investigating murders, having targeted the most dangerous roads and drivers in his time as head of Vision Zero in London's Metropolitan Police, and is having a huge impact in his goal of tackling what he insists we call road crime. Andy's challenge is all about raising funds for a charity that does a huge amount of good with not a lot of funding. He's hoping to raise double - or more - than last year, at least £100,000, and police forces around the country are taking part in their own challenges to help the charity help even more people whose lives are changed by road crime. From a clifftop near Lands End, having just fallen waist deep into a nettle-covered rock crevice with a half-eaten cheese sandwich, Laura introduces us to Andy's challenge - while Ned's somewhere in Italy covering the Giro d'Italia, and Adam's working away on the West Midlands' cycling and walking transformation.You can donate money to Andy's challenge here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/andycoxchallenge2022 You can read about his shakeup of how contributory factors are recorded, in the Times (paywall) here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/8959cbb4-d3a3-11ec-b39a-dd0cbc8c6f6d We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsaheadIf you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.