This briefing paper by Greg, Jeremy, Jillian and Iain presents evidence collected from new studies of behavioural adaptation during disruptive events and uses this to identify four areas for action to improve how we plan for resilience and how we assess the worth of different types of investment strategy:
1.The development of Smart Resilience Strategies – which are a combination of transport and non-transport responses which work together to minimize the impacts of temporary infrastructure loss;
2.Measures to improve the usefulness, impact and co-ordination of communications with the public and businesses during disruptions, enabling social adaptation and reducing time wasted in unnecessarily perilous and extended journeys;
3.A continued programme of developing the capacity of travellers and businesses to adapt to different events through greater multi-modality and an increase in smart and flexible working practices; and
4.A reassessment of the approach to understanding the economic impacts of disruptive events which extends well beyond the apparent reductions in flows and increases in journey times observed on the networks and captures the societal and economic impacts in a more holistic way.
Travel Behaviour Responses report
Iain, Greg and Jillian from the project have written up a working paper on the need to plan more effectively for the transition to ‘smart mobility’.
“The Governance of Smart Mobility will therefore require the Smart Governance of Mobility so that the conditions necessary to ensure that the smart transition is beneficial do in fact prevail, otherwise there is the real risk that the smart mobility system will develop in ways which fail to meet the societal goals which public agencies are there to promote.”
The Governance of Smart Mobility Working Paper version 03_2016
The Disruption project has produced a brochure describing the concept of Fleximobility that came out of the project.
The brochure is available here:
For a further range of information on fleximobility, please visit our outreach website at: http://www.fleximobility.solutions
On 6th November ,the project team will be running a workshop on the ‘Fleximobility’ concept at the 2015 MODEshift convention in Birmingham.
Further details can be found here:
Modeshift is a not for profit membership organisation funded by the public, private and community sectors in the United Kingdom. They aim to secure increased levels of safe, active and sustainable travel in educational establishments, businesses and communities thereby engendering widespread travel behaviour change in the long term.
On Monday 21st September, Tim will be giving a talk as part of the ESRC Seminar Series on Behaviour Change. This will be around the event topic “Approaches to Achieving Sustainable Behaviours” and will contain many references to the project’s ‘Fleximobility’ concept.
Further information on this event and the rest of the seminar series can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/research/bsmc/esrcseminarseries.aspx
The series is organised by Bristol Social Marketing Centre at UWE, in conjunction with partners from Capita, City University London, National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), On Target Consulting, University College London, University of Bath, University of Exeter, and the University of Manchester.
This short report aims to highlight the most important findings to emerge from a survey conducted by the Disruption project into the impacts of the recent workplace reorganisation implemented by the City of York Council (CYC). As part of the reorganisation CYC consolidated its offices and workforce in 2013 from 17 sites to just 2 sites, West Offices and Hazel Court. In addition CYC also introduced new working practices that encouraged flexible working hours, ‘hot-desking’ and working from home. This was necessitated by a deliberate decision to reduce the desk space available at the two new sites compared to the previous 17 sites.
The two new initiatives had the potential to cause disruption, both positive and negative, to CYC employees in a number of ways. The consolidation of office space might lead to longer or shorter commuting journeys for employees, a potential change in routes, a potential change in modes and more/less complex trip chaining, (e.g. dropping children at school on the way to work). New working practices might be welcomed by some employees who enjoy the flexibility they can bring and less welcomed by others who prefer more structure and an office environment. They might lead to productivity gains at the individual and organisational level, or losses if employees are not able to connect and engage with colleagues at appropriate times.
WP3 – CYC_Reorganisation_Final Report June 2015
On 31st July Tim will be giving a presentation on the project’s ‘Fleximobility’ concept to the West Midlands region of the Transport Planning Society.
The event will be held at Mott McDonald’s offices in Birmingham. Further details can be found here: http://www.tps.org.uk/westmidlands/events/id/0808/
It is anticipated that this will be the first of a number of presentations from the TPS regional groups. For more information on future events, please contact Tim: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim will be representing the Disruption project a the 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research in order to disseminate the project findings to a global audience. The conference is being held in Windsor from 19-23 July 2015.
On Tuesday July 7th, Tim will be running 2 workshops on travel behaviour based around the project’s ‘Fleximobility’ concept at the Taking a Deep Breath: Cleaning Up London’s Air event organised by London Sustainability Exchange and Client Earth.
The Disruption project will be arriving en masse at the Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting in London on 1st and 2nd July 2015.
The project will be giving four presentations covering different aspects of the project as well as running a workshop covering the overall ‘Fleximobility’ concept that we have generated from the project.
The presentations will be:
Responses and adaptability to disrupted travel patterns – a questionnaire study (Jillian Anable, Thomas Budd and Tim Chatterton)
Spatial, temporal and social factors in everyday mobility and modal choice – 3 years of ethnographic studies (Noel Cass and James Faulconbridge)
Disruption as it happens – a selection of responsive case studies (Greg Marsden and Jeremy Shires)
Defining and delivering sustainable transport: who has the power to change the way we travel? (David Williams)