In as little as 3 years driverless cars could be seen on UK roads. Many car manufacturers already develop vehicles that provide varying degrees of freedom for drivers, but as of yet none have provided drivers with complete autonomy.
However, it is worthwhile to note that driverless cars will only be operational under a limited set of circumstances such as weather, conditions of the road and time of day.
The UK’s Department for Transport believes driverless cars will allow people to be more mobile and productive as well as cutting emissions and reducing congestion.
It is predicted that the onset of driverless cars could be worth up to £28 billion to the UK economy by 2035 and will support 27,000 jobs.
What are your thoughts on driverless cars? Let us know by getting in touch!
Source: BBC News
Many UK cities have implemented cycle schemes whereby members of the public can hire a bike for a small fee offering a more sustainable and eco-friendly means to commute, and the use of dockless cycle schemes are growing in popularity with Southampton, Bristol and Newcastle amongst others participating. The use of cycle schemes such as this coincides with cities’ initiatives to improve air quality and promote sustainable modes of travel.
The influx of bicycles on UK streets has caused some concern, predominantly with the dumping of bicycles, with cycles left on footpaths and have even been vandalised!
To address this, preventative measures are being implemented throughout UK. Dockless cycles have been fitted with GPS technology which triggers an alarm if cycles travel beyond the urban centre, meaning that all bicycles will remain in their designated city. Additionally, street wardens to look after and redistribute bikes, which will help to ensure that cycles are not left in obstructing locations.
Following ongoing improvements to the scheme, why don’t you get involved and try the dockless cycling scheme today.
YoBike: Southampton and Bristol
ofo: Norwich, Cambridge, Oxford, Hackney, Islington and the City of London
Mobike: Newcastle, Ealing and Manchester
Urbo: Waltham Forest
Source: Google Images
Active travel incentives to get children walking to school cost little but can have a big impact on congestion and people’s heath. Schemes such as Walk Once a Week or WOW is living streets’ year round walk to school challenge, which typically increases the number of primary school pupils walking all or part of the way to school by 23%.
The programme rewards children who walk to school at least once a week for a month with collectable badges. To make winning even more fun the scheme gets children from across the UK to design these badges in an annual competition, including a downloadable app to make them come to life!
According to WOW research only half of primary school children walk to school, with school trips accounting for almost one quarter of traffic on the road! This is despite 95% of households living within a 20 minute walk/bus journey from their local primary school.
Schools can get involved in the WOW initiative through a funded living streets project or on their own. Working alongside WOW gives schools the opportunity to organise events with locally based co-coordinators, including a visit from ‘Strider’ (the WOW mascot) or setting up a park & stride scheme. Working alongside living streets schools can help to identify and overcome their barriers to walking. The cost per pupil per year is only £1.43!
Want to encourage walking at your school? Why not sign up and join the WOW campaign and see how you can encourage pupils and parents to walk to school! Let us know how many badges you collect by using @pbatravel on social media.
Click here to find out how you can take part.
National ‘Road Safety Week’ hit the streets this week with a number of schools, organisations and communities taking part. The scheme is coordinated by Brake, a road safety charity, who work to prevent death and injury, making streets safer and supporting victims of road crashes. This year Road Safety Week will run from 20-26th November, with the theme ‘Speed Down, Save Lives’ aiming to tackle speeding.
In the UK speeding causes needless crashes, untold suffering and stops people from living safe and healthy lives. The campaign raises awareness on the dangers of driving too fast and will focus on:
- Fatal injury caused by speeding;
- Rural roads are not race tracks;
- 20mph is the only safe speed in heavily built up areas used by pedestrians/cyclists;
- Going slow means that you can stop in time;
- Speed cameras save lives; and
- Intelligent Speed Adaptation is an important development that is likely to be fitted to all vehicles in the future.
Did you know that 23% of fatal crashes in Great Britain are due to speeding?
Knowing this now will you slow your speed? Or better yet use the week as a challenge to try travelling your commute by foot, bicycle or public transport? Let us know how you decide to take part by using @pbatravel on social media. Sign up for your Road Safety Week 2017 Action Pack by logging onto www.roadsafteyweek.org.uk/action-pack
Following customer feedback Portsmouth City Council have added a new stop to their Park & Ride bus service, just in time for Christmas!
As of 10th November Portsmouth’s Park & Ride service will stop at the Cascades Shopping Centre. The service will stop at the existing St Agathas bus stop on Marketway, just a two minute walk from the shopping centre. Passengers retuning to the Park & Ride terminal can use the stop opposite Victoria Park on Crisppian Way.
This added stop makes the Portsmouth Park & Ride service perfect for Christmas shopping or travelling around Portsmouth. Let us know your thoughts on the new stop by using @pbatravel on social media.
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Between 12th and 18th November 2017 Commute Smart Week aims to provide more suitable methods of travel to cope with the challenges that winter conditions have towards commuting, ranging from bad weather to disrupted travel.
It is important to implement methods to cope with the winter conditions as they can have an adverse impact on the efficiency of organisations due to prolonging commuting times and can hinder the safety of commuters.
Strategies promoted to enhance the efficiency and safety of commuters include:
- Virtual Meetings: Engaging in telephone and video conferences via technological means will lessen the volume of commuters therefore reducing the amount of congestion.
- Changes to Travel Times: Adjusting travelling times to avoid peak times will increase the efficiency of commuting by avoiding the rush hour traffic.
- Remote and Agile Working: Encouraging alternative working methods, such as working from home or other convenient working locations instead of travelling to the designated workplace.
- Smarter Working: There are numerous methods in which the working day can be altered to better accommodate the challenges posed by winter conditions. Some of the methods are flexible working, condensed working days and four day working weeks.
- Road Safety: Road incidents increase by a fifth in the winter compared to the summer. By utilising initiatives to avoid commuting whilst engaging in work duties may help decrease the number of incidents.
If you would like to find out more information about how you could be better prepared to cope with the winter conditions on your journey visit workwiseuk.org.
The UK government are considering subsides for electric bicycles as part of a policy effort to encourage more people to cycle. People purchasing electric or hybrid cars can receive £4,500 off the purchase price through a government subsidy however there is currently no equivalent available for e-bikes. The government e-bike subsidy scheme aims to encourage the uptake of cycling by making e-bikes a more attractive option for cyclists.
E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for cyclists travelling long distances. As e-bikes can cost £1,500+ their price tag deters potential purchasers. It is estimated that currently 1-2% of all trips in the UK are made by cycle, which is considerably lower than many European countries.
If a subsidy was implemented would your purchase an e-bike? Have you ever travelled by e-bike?
Let us know your thoughts by using @PBATravel on social media.