35 episodes

Cities around the world are finally discovering the pitfalls of a car-centric transport system, with the most progressive cities implementing protected cycle lanes, liveable streets and low traffic neighbourhoods for improved cycling and walking. Each episode, we discuss the news and views in the fast-paced world of active travel, cycling, walking and urban planning in a jargon-free safe space.
Streets Ahead is co-hosted by Adam Tranter, Laura Laker and Ned Boulting.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 123 Ratings

Cities around the world are finally discovering the pitfalls of a car-centric transport system, with the most progressive cities implementing protected cycle lanes, liveable streets and low traffic neighbourhoods for improved cycling and walking. Each episode, we discuss the news and views in the fast-paced world of active travel, cycling, walking and urban planning in a jargon-free safe space.
Streets Ahead is co-hosted by Adam Tranter, Laura Laker and Ned Boulting.

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    2021: Highlights and Lowlights

    2021: Highlights and Lowlights

    2021: it happened, that we can say for sure. Ned, Laura and Adam go through their highlights and lowlights of the year - and look back at some of the big stories in active travel.
    Plus: Adam has a new job. Ned and Laura quiz him on being the new West Midlands Cycling & Walking Commissioner.
    Thank you for your support this year and we look forward to bringing you new episodes in 2022!
    We hope you enjoy this episode of Streets Ahead, a podcast dedicated to the world of active travel, liveable streets and people-focused urban design.
    We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsahead
    If you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.
    CORRECTION: In this episode, we stated that the Cowley LTN in Oxford had been made permanent. In fact, Oxfordshire County Council agreed to an ETRO of 3 further LTNs in East Oxford. This is on top of the 3 Cowley LTNs which have been in place for nearly a year. The decision as to whether the Cowley LTNs will be made permanent will be made in February.

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    • 55 min
    Integrated Transport in Nottingham

    Integrated Transport in Nottingham

    In this episode, sponsored by Superpedestrian, Ned, Laura and Adam visit Nottingham, a city bustling with integrated transport. We try the city's new Link e-scooters, by Superpedestrian, visit the tram, ride bikes and hire cars. It's a true smorgasbord of sensible and sustainable transport options - delivered in part by the city's Workplace Parking Levy.
    We also follow in the footsteps of the Prime Minister, 18 months on from his Gear Change announcement - visiting the bike shop he launched the strategy in - to see how things are going.
    Thanks also to Scootfit for their help in keeping us safe on scooters and pointing out Adam has weird knees.
    We hope you enjoy this episode of Streets Ahead, a podcast dedicated to the world of active travel, liveable streets and people-focused urban design.
    We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsahead
    If you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.
    Thanks for listening!

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    • 37 min
    Why do soft measures deserve hard cash?

    Why do soft measures deserve hard cash?

    We’re talking about the power of behaviour change - why, perhaps, soft measures deserve hard cash. While much of the focus in active travel is around the need for dedicated infrastructure, quietly, around the country - organisations are implementing softer measures that can have a significant impact. A few weeks ago Laura visited the Chrisp Street Community Cycles, a ‘cycle hub’ in an empty high street shop in Tower Hamlets, East London.
    Want to support the hub? The fundraiser is here (until 23 November): https://www.spacehive.com/continue-chrisp-street-community-cycles
    We hope you enjoy this episode of Streets Ahead, a podcast dedicated to the world of active travel, liveable streets and people-focused urban design.
    We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsahead
    If you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.
    Thanks for listening!

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    • 47 min
    Active Travel in the European Commission

    Active Travel in the European Commission

    In this special episode, Adam chats with Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General at DG MOVE, part of the European Commission. Baldwin works on sustainable mobility, including how to protect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists in the coming era of connected, automated and autonomous mobility.
    Ahead of COP26, it’s an interesting look to active travel’s importance on the world stage - and how we can work together as a global community to communicate best practices to reduce emissions and improve health. 
    In the episode, Baldwin says: "Somehow we've allowed the bike to be seen as an agent of the liberal metropolitan elite. How can that be that we seem to be losing that argument? When in the town I live in, 50% of the households don't have access to a car - and spoiler alert - it's not the richer 50%!"
    We hope you enjoy this episode of Streets Ahead, a podcast dedicated to the world of active travel, liveable streets and people-focused urban design.
    We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsahead
    If you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.
    Thanks for listening!

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    • 30 min
    E-Scooters Revisited

    E-Scooters Revisited

    A year ago we explored e-scooters as the UK began its official trials of rental scooters. How's it gone since? How are other countries dealing with e-scooters in cities? Are we just scared of new stuff?
    In this episode, sponsored by Superpedestrian, Adam heads to Lisbon to try out their Link scooters and we put some tricky questions to the company's Policy Director for the UK & Ireland, Jean Andrews.
    We hope you enjoy this episode of Streets Ahead, a podcast dedicated to the world of active travel, liveable streets and people-focused urban design.
    We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsahead
    If you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.
    Thanks for listening!

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    • 57 min
    The Robo Cars Are Coming

    The Robo Cars Are Coming

    Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are (probably) coming. In this episode, Laura is taken for a spin on public roads in one - going on a journey through Greenwich, London, with nothing other than a robot car for company (if you ignore the two safety drivers ready to step in at any moment).
    Are Driverless Cars, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, or AVs, a solution to a problem, or are they just tech for tech’s sake?
    The UK is betting big on AVs. The Government wants to make the UK a hub for this technology and has invested £200m into Research and Development already. 
    Our thanks to this episode's interviewees: Balazs Csuvar - Head of Delivery at DG Cities; Stephen Kyberd, Field Engineering Lead at Oxbotica; Niranjan Thiyagarajan, Management consultant advising the car industry on AVs; Krishnan Jayaraj Menon, Project Manager at Oxbotica - and last but not least our driver, Tristan, and co-driver, Dan.
    You can watch a video of the car in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZNIE_ABGf0&t=26s; and see their vision for the future here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUCSnrWUBc0 you can even order your own VR headset from the Endeavour Project here, to experience the vids in 3D: https://www.projectendeavour.uk/vr-registration
    We hope you enjoy this episode of Streets Ahead, a podcast dedicated to the world of active travel, liveable streets and people-focused urban design.
    We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsahead
    If you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.
    Thanks for listening!

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

Rachmoonlanding ,

Sensible bunch

Good to hear the positive things happening as well as the challenges from the well informed and interesting presenters. I hope my local council is listening!

Frankie Roberto ,

Topical podcast about walking and cycling

Great podcast from three distinct personalities discussing different aspects of how street design is changing post pandemic to better support cycling and walking. Each week has a different topic, often with special guests. Hope to see this show continue to settle into a format and regular schedule, and to carry on covering news and topics as the revolution in streetspace usage continues.

Yoinks ,

A great show

Thanks for all your hard work!

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