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‘Walking & Cycling: The contributions of health and transport geography’ session at RGS 2013

This session was co-sponsored  by the TGRG and the Geography of Health Research Group (GHRG).  It brought together what appeared to be an eclectic mix of presentations exploring the contribution of geographers’ research in active modes.

Firstly Anna Davidson’s‘A political ecology of the body in urban cycling’, looked at the potential for new theoretical approaches to understanding the interaction between the cyclist and their environ, then Esther Rind and colleagues used a modelling approach to explore whether a measure of environmental quality impacts upon active travel behaviours.  David Lindelöw presented a compelling argument for more research into walking as a mode of transport, then drew on principal component analysis to examine factors influencing walking. His work drew parallels with Maslow’s hierarchy of need after the work of Alfonzo (2005).  Rachel Lee and Rebecca Johnson each presented case studies evaluating interventions to encourage active travel, using a Pecha Kucha style; a copy of Rachel’s can be view below.  Rachel focussed upon how Living Streets’ community partnership approach to delivering environmental improvement encouraged walking, whilst Rebecca evaluated the role of adult cycle training in promoting confidence in Tower Hamlets.  Each emphasised the ability of simple and relatively cheap interventions to facilitate behavioural change.

The session proved that despite the breath in approach, in reality there was a strong link between each paper with themes such as community, health, the built environment, policy (and in some case politics) and practice being emphasised throughout.

 

  

Rachel Lee’s pecha kucha presentation. 

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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.

Call for Papers for RGS-IBG session (28th – 30th August). Transport and energy: a roadblock to sustainability?

This is a joint session hosted by the TGRG and the Energy Geographies Working Group (EGWG) Please send abstracts to Robin Lovelace (robin.lovelace@shef.ac.uk) or Stewart Barr (S.W.Barr@exeter.ac.uk) by 10th February at the latest:

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