It is widely recognized that there is a need to increase levels of active and sustainable travel in British urban areas. The Understanding Walking and Cycling (UWAC) project,funded by the EPSRC, has examined the factors influencing everyday travel decisions andproposes a series of policy measures to increase levels of walking and cycling for shorttrips in urban areas. A wide range of both quantitative and qualitative data were collected in four English towns (Leeds, Leicester, Worcester, Lancaster), including a questionnaire survey, analysis of the built environment, interviews and ethnographies. Key findings ofthe research are that whilst attitudes to walking and cycling are mostly positive or neutral,many people who would like to engage in more active travel fail to do so due to a combination of factors.
Colin G Pooley
Lancaster Environment Centre