Less traffic where people live: how local transport schemes can help cut traffic

This report deals with local transport schemes, such as bus improvements, travel plans and better cycling facilities.

It looks at whether they could help cut traffic, and how much. Until recently, it was accepted wisdom that the impact of these measures on car travel was at best marginal, and that once any benefit was eroded through induced traffic the net effect on traffic volumes and congestion was negligible. 

Less Traffic where People Live challenged the accepted wisdom, suggesting local transport schemes could potentially cut traffic by as much as a third in urban areas. Its findings prompted the Department for Transport to commission the Smarter Choices research.

This study was funded by a Built Environment Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (2003).

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