Project Director: Ed Ferrari
Project Manager: Steve Parkes
Project Duration: 2020-2027
In 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) published Gear Change, a strategy outlining £2billion investment to help make walking and cycling the natural first-choice mode for many journeys. The strategy highlights an ambition for half of all journeys in towns and cities being cycled or walked by 2030.
CRESR has been commissioned by DfT to evaluate the active travel portfolio of funding that is supporting local authorities across England to implement a range of schemes to help deliver on the aims of Gear Change.
The five-year project will be carried out by academics in CRESR and the University’s Sports Industry Research Group alongside partners NatCen and Mosodi. It will help to understand how active travel interventions are being delivered, what impact they are having on encouraging people to cycle and/or walk, whether interventions are value for money and how they are contributing to the Department’s cycling and walking targets.
The project team also includes Maxine Gregory (Sports Industry Research Group, SHU), Katie Shearn (Nursing & Midwifery, SHU), Joy Mhonda (NatCen Social Research), Sokratis Dinos (NatCen Social Research) and Chris Taylor (Mosodi Ltd.)