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People crossing a road

How much walking have you done today? A mile? Five miles? A bit more or less? If you are a typical adult who doesn’t count every step or heartbeat with a hi-tech wearable fitness monitor, it’s a safe bet that your answer will be some version of ‘I haven’t a clue’.

cyclist on a cycle lane

This article appeared in Local Transport Today magazine, 13th May 2016

The UK is out of shape. According to a recent study by the University of Washington, almost two-thirds of English adults are either obese or overweight. In western Europe, only Malta and Iceland beat us when it comes to obesity. This trend is forcing the Government to pay attention, not least because of the gigantic costs it inflicts on the NHS.

Easter Bush

For decades, work meant that part of the day from 9 to 5 spent in an office, industry, school, or any other place. Bottomline, it was those hours when people needed to be somewhere to perform their job, usually at the same time. And because of that, trips to and from work were slow and long on congested roads and crowded buses and trains.

This article appeared in the March edition of Rail Professional, 2016

An innovative concession model is driving new ideas on France’s South East Atlantic high-speed line. Are there lessons for the UK here, asks Steve Higham, SYSTRA UK’s engineering business director.

Integrated transport

Two months ago, in December of last year, the 196 countries attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris came to an historic agreement that could have the most profound repercussions for the future of the world. 

Bike infrastructure

There is an online comic character called Yehuda Moon who, whilst running a bike shop, dispenses homespun advice on all things to do with utility cycling. In one story Yehuda has been recruited to help paint a coloured bike lane on the road outside his shop. He returns to his shop later having painted the whole of the street the colour of a bike lane... “well, you asked for a decent bike lane”.

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