The UK's DfT has put out three proposals to consultation with the aim of improving conditions for visually and mobility-impaired people and other pedestrians. The proposals consider giving more legal and executive powers to local councils to reduce pavement parking as well as a nation-wide blanket ban on pavement parking.
In August 2020, Transport for London (TfL) launched a new app to support people to choose routes and times that will help them to maintain physical distancing. The app, known as TfL Go is currently an iPhone app with plans to release an Android version - alongside further updates and new features during the autumn months.
The app gives users a range of information including;
The Active Travel England plan, to be funded by a previously announced £2 billion in new funding over five years for walking and cycling, will support cycling and give residents a say over decision-making.
Almost 70% of survey respondents indicated that they changed their mobility choices after the introduction of London's ULEZ. Car drivers changed the least, but even then almost 2/3 of them changed their car or their mode of travel.
The UK Government has unveiled plans to allow electric scooters on its roads as part of a “transport revolution”.
The plans will see electric scooters, or e-scooters, permitted to travel on public roads for the first time as part of consultations and trials which were launched 16 March during the Future of Mobility regulatory review.
There is still significant political and social resistance to losing the space which is currently allocated to private cars. One strategy to overcome such reluctance can be to provide enhancements to public space which offers immediate public gains.
Mobility hubs are a new tool for the streetscape to do this. They not only help to provide convenient and connected access to a range of sustainable modes of transport alongside public transport, walking and cycling but can also reprogramme space away from private car parking and towards the good of the local community.