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Research: Public attitudes towards traffic and road use

Research exploring people’s attitudes towards traffic and road use in England.

Research: Public attitudes towards traffic and road use

Published: 30 July 2021
By Chris Haycock



Public Opinion Survey on Traffic and Road Use PDF, 195KB, 17 pages

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The research into public attitudes towards traffic and road use in England was conducted in 2 phases.

The first study considered on general public attitudes to low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) while the second considered residents’ opinions in local areas with schemes installed.

The first research investigated:

  • attitudes towards government action in local neighbourhoods
  • views on reduction of traffic and reallocation of road space
  • perceptions of traffic and road problems in local neighbourhoods

The second set of research reviewed similar areas, as well as:

  • support for and perceived impact of the low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) in their local area
  • views:
    • on wider implementation of LTNs across England
    • of local business owners and those with mobility issues

LTNs are made by local authorities (LAs) and financed by the emergency active travel fund. They aimed to increase the number of people travelling on foot and bike, and reduce reliance on public transport while coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing restrictions are in place.

The findings of this research will be used to develop future programmes of support for local authorities to improve scope and creation of future transport schemes.

The first phase of the study, the Public opinion survey on traffic and road use, was released in November 2020. The second phase, Low traffic neighbourhoods residents survey, in July 2021.

Published 13 November 2020 Last updated 30 July 2021 + show all updates 30 July 2021 Release of second phase of research report.

13 November 2020 First published.

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