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Cities for Human Locomotion


  • Dr Stephen Marshall (Bartlett School of Planning)

Main collaborator:

  • Prof Nick Tyler (Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering)

Additional collaborators:

  • Dr Catherine Holloway (Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)
  • Prof Michael Batty (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis)
  • Dr James Cheshire (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis)

The ‘City for Human Locomotion’ is the vision of an urban environment designed to expedite travel on foot, by bicycle, wheelchair and other human-powered modes (rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, etc.).

Currently there is a vicious circle whereby the lack of knowledge about the full potential for human-powered modes leads to a lack of provision; this discourages use of these modes; and their invisibility hinders the political will to cater for their use. This situation could be turned around, if we could assemble and integrate more knowledge on all these fronts.

The primary aim is to assemble baseline knowledge about the different human-powered modes, especially those about which less is known (e.g. wheelchair use, rollerblades, skateboards, etc.), their potential conflicts and synergies, and their potential roles in a sustainable ‘city for human locomotion’; hence to gauge the potential for where future research would best be directed.

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