Category Archives: Audio and Video

Modelling energy and carbon dioxide emissions from transport

I attended the annual GIS Research UK conference (GISRUK) last week and have some very interesting work to report back to transport geographers.

Transport Geography and GIS have much in common, yet there is relatively little in terms of joint research spanning both fields. There have been efforts to overcome that, with many researchers proudly donning both GIS and Transport hats. There has, for example been a recent Special Issue on Geographic Information Systems for Transportation in the Journal of Transport Geography, as well as papers illustrating the benefits of linking transport models to GIS systems (e.g. Lektauers et al 2012). Despite this progress, there is much to do in terms of collaboration between the fields.

This article reports three papers at the intersection between Transport Studies and GIS, two of which were presented at the conference.

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Jon Orcutt on how New York became a cycle friendly city

The presentation below is truly inspiring, demonstrating how simple measures can encourage cycling in even the most car-dominated of cities. Jon Orcutt is the Policy Director of New York’s Department of Transport and has seen cycling more than double in his time at the top. See this process in action and listen to how this happened in his own words, below:

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Barriers to cycling and policy implications

This was a fascinating presentation delivered by Ann Jopson from Leeds Institute of Transport Studies (ITS) at an event entitled “The Challenges of Sustainable Mobility in our Cities”. In it, new data is presented on people’s attitudes towards cycling and explanations as to why so few people do cycle regularly despite widespread positive intentions surrounding active travel. The event was not filmed; fortunately I brought my audio recorder along and Ann kindly sent me the slides, allowing an audio-visual slide sharing experience. So please see below, sit back and enjoy the talk.

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Transport impacts of mobile phones in Africa

In this fascinating talk at the RGS-IBG annual conference, Dr Gina Porter illustrates the impact of the ongoing developing world communications revolution on personal travel. Mobile phones are becoming ubiquitous worldwide and are transforming travel behaviours in ways that are little researched and often unexpected. Click below for fold to watch and listen to the talk in full.

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Hoyle Lecture 2013: The place of Transport in Geography

Here are the slides of the 2013 Hoyle Lecture in transport geography, hosted by the Transport Geographies Research Group at the RGS-IBG annual conference.

This year’s lecture was by Andrew Goetz of the University of Denver, who has kindly provided slides and allowed us to record the entire talk. The lecture itself looked back over more than 50 years of Transport Geography, witnessing its growth from a small but influential sub-field to the more central role it plays today.

Being new to the Transport Geography, this is highly recommended viewing and contains references to many of the major works and ideas that have made the field what it is today, as well as setting out areas for future work.

Modelling adaptive capacity to fuel shocks

Below is an audio slide-show of a talk by Ian Philips from the University of Leeds, Institute of Transport Studies. It was not hosted by the TGRG (for that, see other Write-ups), but jointly, by the GIS Research Group and the Population Geography Research Group. 

The reason that it appears here is that it was about transport, or more specifically, to what extent people can travel in the event of an ‘oil shock‘. This is exciting research, as it breaks out of the ‘business as usual’ assumption upon which most transport geography is based. Instead, it pushes our understanding of personal travel to the extreme. Would you be able to get to work if fuel ran out tomorrow? Watch this presentation to find out why this question is so important.