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Diversity and Cycling 13th February 2017

Hi Brogan, 

Like walking, cycling is regularly hailed as a ‘miracle pill’ equivalent. Most of us don’t get enough physical activity, which is linked to conditions from diabetes to depression.

We don’t, in general, have time, money and/or motivation to ‘exercise’ daily, and our jobs are often sedentary, so cycling to work is perfect. We can get exercise without even trying. Compared to driving it’s very space-efficient – a boon for congested towns and cities.

There’s huge potential for cycling. The Propensity to Cycle Tool has shown that if English commuters were as likely as the Dutch to cycle trips of a particular length and hilliness, cycling would be mainstream (nearly one in five commutes), rather than marginal (one in thirty). This would be transformational for our health, and for our cities, towns and countryside.

But we don’t cycle. Cycling is too easily dismissed. Still - despite twenty-five years of government saying ‘we will increase cycling’, generally to little effect - it’s seen as the preserve of ‘enthusiasts’ at best, ‘Lycra Louts’ at worst. Read more from Rachel…

Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster


We recently wrapped up the 2017 Transport Practitioners’ Meeting Call for Papers, which saw a plethora of submissions from across the country (and from around the world) on a wide variety of subjects. From accessibility and way finding; to big data and new modelling techniques; to autonomous vehicles and modal shifts – this year's submissions were astounding – thank you to all those that submitted. The TPM Programme will be released in March. In the meantime, head over to the TPM website to book your place today.


PTRC is offering a number of exciting new courses this spring.

  • Are you a modeller who is looking for some more information on how the wider transport network works? Then Designing for Modellers is for you! This course will help modellers gain a better understanding of the physical transport network on which models are based.
  • New for Birmingham! Any data-led transport project will require use of statistical techniques at some stage. Statistical Techniques for Transport Planners, provides hands on experience and is taught by industry leading professionals. Delegates will leave this course with a vast range of tools for delivering robust evidence for transport projects.
  • Policy provides the guiding principles for the planning, assessment, delivery and management of all areas of transport planning. Delivering Effective Transport Policy equips delegates with the fundamentals of transport policy – a must for every person in the industry.
  • PTRC is excited to announce the transformation of our six-week evening lecture series into a fun and informative one-day course. Learn from industry experts on everything from retro-fitting to developing safer quiet ways and creating safer networks.


Don’t miss your opportunity to be involved in the industry event of the summer. TPM 2017 is shaping up to be even more educational, engaging and entertaining than 2016. There are a number of sponsorship options available. Visit the TPM website, or contact us at info@ptrc-training.co.uk, to find out more information today.


Transport Modelling for Non-Modellers

If you are not in the thick of it, the world of modelling can seem a bit overwhelming – especially if you are tasked with overseeing projects that depend on commissioning modelling information and utilising it effectively. With modelling tools ranging from ‘simple’ equations to highly complex mathematical, algorithm based systems it’s no wonder! This course is designed for people with limited experience in transport modelling activities who want a broad overview of techniques and issues. Transport Modelling for Non-Modellers is being held in various locations across the country.

1 – 2 March, Manchester
7 – 8 March, Bristol
26 – 27 April, Birmingham
30 – 31 August, Glasgow
13 – 14 September, London

Government overview of activities undertaken across all 96 Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) projects, across all 4 years. More
Evaluating low cost interventions to encourage the use of sustainable transport. More

The Elizabeth Line begins to take shape
These awesome aerial views show the extent of Crossrail 2’s progress. Less than two years until The Elizabeth Line opens, which will be running up to 24 trains an hour! More

How to attract the best talent to help improve public transport
While already employing over 13 million people world-wide, the transport industry is continuing to grow and attracting top-talent is crucial. More

Self-driving cars will soon be everywhere – but you may not own one
With popular use of autonomous vehicles just around the corner, it’s safe to say the automobile industry is about to be transformed. More

21 - 22 February 2017, London | Planning Public Transport
23 February 2017, London | Road Safety Audits – Principles and Good Practice
28 February 2017, Birmingham | Statistical Techniques for Transport Planners
1 March 2017, Birmingham | Designing for Buses in the Urban Environment
1 - 2 March 2017, Manchester | Transport Modelling for Non-Modellers
2 March 2017, London | Traffic Orders – Principles and Good Practice
7 - 8 March 2017, Bristol | Transport Modelling for Non-Modellers
14 - 15 March 2017, London | Design, Construction and Maintenance of Highway Drainage Systems
15 March 2017, London | Cycling Infrastructure
22 March 2017, Birmingham | Successful Planning Applications for Transport Practitioners
22- 23 March 2017, London | Advanced Road Safety Audits
29 - 30 March 2017, Manchester | Planning Public Transport
4 – 5 April 2017, London | Transport Modelling for Non-Modellers
5 April 2017, London | Delivering Effectively Transport Policy
25 April 2017, London | Designing for Modellers
26 - 27 April 2017, Birmingham | Transport Modelling for Non-Modellers

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