Active transport

Active travel


Sharing the load: the potential of e-cargo bikes

In an attempt to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this report explores the potential of e-cargo bikes as an alternative, less polluting vehicle option. The discussion focuses on the attitudes of key van user groups that will need to be engaged, and calls for the...

People and transport national poll 2022: results

This poll of over 2000 Australians reveals that eight in ten people believe governments should invest more in public transport, with seven in ten keen to see Australia’s entire bus fleet electrified and run on renewables as soon as possible.
Conference paper

What is a 20-minute neighbourhood and what might make us all care?

Several capital cities in Australia, albeit to differing degrees and scope, have been embedding local living policies in their metropolitan strategies. This paper's comparative overview of such policies from Australia and overseas, identified salient differences and commonalities.

FACTS: Framework for an Australian Clean Transport Strategy

This strategy document has been developed by 18 clean transport and energy experts to enable and boost cooperative action across federal, state/territory, and local governments, together with industry, to support the decarbonisation of Australia’s transport sector.
Conference proceedings

Keynote papers: SOAC 2021 conference abstracts

SOAC 2021 and these conference keynote papers focused on urban and regional transitions in the COVID-recovery era to report and appraise the social, spatial, and economic consequences for equity, inclusion and justice.
Conference paper

Weight centrism in research on children’s active transport – time for a paradigm shift

This paper explains the concept of weight-centrism, including the science that questions the link between weight and disease. Using a review of 112 studies on children’s active school transport, it explores and problematises expressions of weight-centrism in urbanism research.
Conference paper

Connecting Croydon: planning for a 20-minute neighbourhood

This research aims to explore the dual consideration of amenity and accessibility to facilitate effective place-based planning. By identifying Croydon South as a 'Low-amenity suburb' with high car dependency, a regression analysis revealed that bus stop density and commercial activity were variables that contributed to...
Conference paper

Melbourne 2050: scenario planning for 20-minute neighbourhoods

The literature lacks a methodological framework to guide the selection of location and design characteristics of a 20-minute neighbourhood. The present study intends to fill this gap by developing neighbourhood typologies and performing a scenario-based approach to identify the types of 20-minute neighbourhoods that can...

Te Ara Matatika: The fair path

This report argues New Zealand leaders need to rethink the transport system around two objectives - reducing car dependence and making the transport system fairer.

Riding the revolution

This report argues that South East Queensland is in the midst of an active transport revolution, one that can be made permanent with the adoption of a bold and determined new policy approach for the region.
Research Summary

The benefits of walking: a research summary

This research summary draws on the latest data on the benefits of walking for physical health, and mental and social wellbeing; as well as for the economy and environment. This summary is intended for people working in local government and community health organisations to support...

Greening urban and suburban travel: final report

This research is an investigation into new methods to provide urban and suburban public transport and active travel options that offer efficient, affordable and flexible trips while reducing reliance on private vehicle use.
Briefing paper

Active transport: critical policy brief

This policy brief draws upon the expertise of RMIT’s transport research community to inform policy makers and the wider community on the critical challenge of increasing participation in active transport.

Waiting for the green light: Sustainable transport solutions for local government

Transport pollution is one of the major drivers of climate change in Australia’s towns and cities. A new Climate Council report has found:
Conference paper

Unlocking the social and environmental benefits of child friendly places through active travel and active play

This paper discusses the preliminary findings of surveys from senior primary school aged children. The questions from these surveys capture the participants’ travel patterns and their use of public places along with their play habits. The concept of ecological psychology, namely affordances, behaviour settings and...
Policy report

Active school travel: pathways to a healthy future

This policy paper is the work of a national collaboration of leading experts, researchers and practitioners working in health, education, transport, public health and policy.

They know where you go: dockless bike sharing looms as the next disruptor – if key concerns are fixed

Beyond the benefits of dockless bike sharing for people’s mobility and health, these services are producing an ever more useful byproduct: journey data, which could be a powerful tool for city planners and policymakers

Greening urban and suburban travel: current situation, challenges, opportunities and emerging trends

Prospects for the decarbonising of Australian cities will depend on opportunities for a reduction of transport energy use. This project focuses on the most significant challenge to Green House Gas reduction in urban transport -- specifically, that relating to provision of public transport and active...

The normalisation of cycling in Melbourne: fostering a transition in practice

Cycling is seen today as a panacea for many problems facing cities in Australia and the rest of the developed world, including issues of increasing traffic congestion, increasing rates of obesity and volatile oil prices. As a result, governments are increasingly looking to encourage the...
Conference paper

Active transport - comparative analysis Melbourne

This paper explores trends in journey to work activity across metropolitan Melbourne area by active transport (walking and cycling).
Conference paper

Promoting active transport to school in suburban Melbourne: understanding problems with politics and process

The paper examines actor behaviour and institutional cultures in the processes of Active Transport to School (ATS) policy implementation in local government through an investigation of the Cities of Glen Eira and Boroondara, two middle-ring Melbourne council areas with quite different ATS outcomes.
Conference paper

Paths that connect: walking and cycling to school as an indicator of the level of social connectedness and trust in school communities

This paper describes the current levels of children’s active transport and independent mobility to and from school; examines associations between distance and transport methods and explorings the socio-demographic factors, including sex and urban classification, influencing transport options.
Conference paper

Objective measures of a walkable neighbourhood: how do they fit with residents’ experiences?

This paper examines residents’ experiences and observations on what makes their neighbourhood pleasant and unpleasant for walking in four Auckland localities with contrasting built environment and socio-economic profiles.
Conference paper

The case for walkability toolkits – building sustainable environments for walking and health

The City of Greater Geelong has been exploring walkability in an attempt to better cater for the walking dependant population, improve rates of walking in the overall population, and achieve better population health.
Conference paper

Mobility profiles for local areas: developing an interactive decision-making tool for urban design, transport and accessibility improvements in Melbourne's activity centres

This paper introduces the suite of local area indicators compiled during the Transport, Accessibility and Mobility Indicators (TAMI) pilot project in 2006-07 and reflect on the opportunities and barriers encountered in their application to the local planning process.