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Research project: iConnect (Impact of Constructing Non-Motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel)

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This research is examining the extent to which infrastructure engineering interventions (such as bridges, walkways and cycle paths) can promote active travel (walking and cycling.)

The EPSRC funded iConnect Consortium is an interdisciplinary grouping of eight academic institutions: Southampton, Bristol, Cambridge, Loughborough, Oxford, Edinburgh, UEA and UWE, with expertise in energy, environmental, physical activity, public health and transport research.

iConnect aims to measure and evaluate the changes in travel, physical activity and carbon emissions related to Sustrans' Connect2 programme, which is an ambitious UK-wide project that will transform local travel in 84 communities by creating new crossings and bridges to overcome barriers such as busy roads, rivers and railways, giving people easier and healthier access to their schools, shops, parks and countryside. The University of Southampton is providing project management and leading the measurement and evaluation of travel impacts. The five and a half year iConnect study started in May 2008 and involves a broad evaluation of the whole programme coupled with detailed investigations at a small number of specific sites (Cardiff, Cheshunt, Glasgow, Kenilworth and Southampton).  Key findings include that increases in active travel are associated with increases in physical activity (of around 2 hours per week), that active travel for transport is associated with lower carbon emissions but active travel for recreation is associated with higher carbon emissions.  National seminars have been held in Oxford (2008), Cambridge (2011) and London (2013).


The Southampton Riverside Boardwalk

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