New Year’s Resolution – Active Travel

Why not make Sustainable Travel one of your New Year’s Resolutions?

In autumn last year, Sarah Dennis, from the School of Earth and Environment, completed 1 year of run commuting to the University. This isn’t the usual run commute though because she brings her daughter along with her in the pram!

Her daughter, Bethany, attends the Bright Beginnings nursery located on campus, and when Sarah’s eldest child moved from the nursery to attend school, she took the opportunity to change her commute to become more sustainable.

Sarah was also looking to complete regular exercise but didn’t want it eating into her family life; therefore using her commute to exercise was the perfect solution. Sarah’s commute is 5km from Meanwood into the University campus and so far she has ran over 300km in 12 months from commuting!

Sarah explained how she was not an experienced runner beforehand “I’d ran the odd 10k but nothing serious. Running to work improved my overall fitness and led to me running a half marathon earlier this year, something I’d always wanted to do but couldn’t find time to train.” She also discussed the benefits around health and wellbeing “it’s been fantastic for my mental wellbeing, I can’t think about work when I’m running so it completely clears my head after a busy day at University”.

Like other people at the University Sarah was tired of sitting in congested traffic during her commute to campus and was concerned about the increasing air pollution around Leeds. One of the University’s Living Lab projects has been looking into the levels of air pollution on campus and in the city, ahead of the Clean Air Zone coming into force, for more information on this project click here.

Sarah’s advice for people thinking about commuting in this way “find a suitable route that is not too busy with pedestrians and make sure you have the right pram, with a locking front wheel, though you don’t have to spend loads of money on a running pram as I bought mine second hand for £20. A bike light or two have proved very useful as well”. It has been a huge learning experience for Sarah and something she has been able to share with her daughter “Bethany often shouts at passes by or tells me to run faster. I’ve also been able to teach her about nature and the changing seasons on the way as well seeing some incredible sunrises”.

Sarah takes advantage of the facilities on campus to promote active travel by using the showers provided in her department and leaving towels, spare clothes etc. on campus. Check out our interactive campus map to find were your nearest showers, secure storage sheds and maintenance facilities are located.

If you would like to speak to Sarah about her run commute and gain some advice on completing a similar journey, please get in touch via the Sustainability email address.

Sustainable Campus Map

Welcome to our brand-new Sustainability Campus Map! Here we have documented all the projects going on around campus. It also shows where the available amenities are on campus.

You can remove layers from the map by clicking the eye icons on the menu, this makes it easier to find something specific.

Interested in air quality on campus? Click here to check out the Air Quality Map created by one of our Living Lab projects.

To see a full-screen version of the map below, please click here

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Commission on Travel Demand – Evening Discussion

The third evidence session of the Commission on Travel Demand will be followed by presentations by two experts in urban transport who have been looking at the evolution of travel trends in Northern European Cities.

Growing the city inwards – Anne Bastian, KTH Stockholm

This talk describes the travel behaviour trends in Stockholm over 30 years, their causes and policy challenges. We discuss how this compares to other parts of Sweden, to Copenhagen and to London. Stockholm is among the fastest growing cities in Europe. Its population, economic and leisure activities grow faster in the urban core than in the suburbs. This agglomeration trend is driven by Stockholm’s knowledge economy and by the land-use policy of the city of Stockholm. Consequently, travel patterns, traffic and population composition diverge between city, suburban and rural areas of Stockholm County. The work is part of a collaboration with Dr Maria Börjesson.

Urban Transport Policy Evolution: where have we come from, where are we going? – Professor Peter Jones O.B.E., University College London

Many Western European cities have followed a similar policy development path since the 1950s, which can be crudely characterised as a three-stage process: from catering for car growth (Stage 1), to switching to prioritising more space efficient and sustainable modes (Stage 2), with a recent emphasis on place-making and liveability and active car restraint (Stage 3). But, with growing population pressures and rapid advances in digital and material technologies, there are questions about what a ‘Stage 4’ might look like – will digital advances reduce further the need to travel, or will autonomous vehicles lead to a resurgence in car travel and a return to Stage 1 priorities? – and what role might public authorities play in influencing this?

The presentation will explore these issues drawing on findings from the on-going EU Horizon 2020 CREATE project, which includes the five capital cities of Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Vienna.

Speaker Biographies

Anne Bastian

Anne Bastian is a PhD student at the Stockholm Centre for Transport Studies. Her research aims to understand and explain changes in car use, in Western national and urban European contexts. From 2004 to 2012 Anne worked in the consumer goods industry, developing sales and substitution models for new product launches.

Professor Peter Jones

Peter is Professor Transport and Sustainable Development at UCL and of Director of the Centre for Transport Studies. He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission, the DfT’s Science Advisory Council and co-chair of its Joint Analysis Development Group. He is Scientific Co-ordinator for the EU funded ‘CREATE’ project on trends in urban mobility, and is a member of the London Roads and Streets Commission. He was recently awarded an OBE for services to national transport policy.

He has a wide range of transport research and teaching interests, covering both analytical methods and policy. These include transport policy, traveller attitudes and behaviour, travel trends and the determinants of travel demand, traffic restraint studies, accessibility studies, policy option generation, major transport economic and social impact studies, public engagement, development of new survey and appraisal methods, and advances in urban street planning and design.

5:30pm to 7pm with reception to follow.

Further Information:

For more details on the Commission on Travel Demand please see

To see other events in the ITS Research Seminar Series please see:

Transport Equity in Developing Countries

ITS Research Seminar “Urban Mobility Challenges in Developing Countries: The Case of Latin America”, which takes place on 23rd June 2016 from 12:00 to 13:00. Each session will have an opening talk by the guest presenter, followed by contributions by ITS researchers.

Workshop Day 1: Urban transport challenges in the Global South

Friday, 24/06/2016, 15.30-17.30

Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (1.05)

Current mobility conditions in Latin American cities Dr Eduardo A. Vasconcellos Key data on current mobility conditions – private and public transport means, financial and institutional characteristics, individual mobility conditions (mode used, cost, travel time, safety, comfort, accessibility), mobility consumptions (time, space, energy) and who generates and who endures the impacts of negative externalities (road safety, emissions and congestion).

The current political crisis in Brazil – a bifurcation point for the future of urban transport Dr Paul Timms

MARS modelling for Jakarta Metropolitan Area Dr Chandra Balijepalli

Perspectives on gender-equitable urban mobility in Africa Jeff Turner

Workshop Day 2: Equity, justice and transport

Monday, 27/06/2016, 15.30-17.30

Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (1.32)

A socio-political approach for analysing urban mobility Dr Eduardo A. Vasconcellos Methodology to analyse urban mobility, combining technical, social, political and economic characteristics that helped to engender the high level of inequity and inefficiency observed in Latin American urban areas.

Need, mobility poverty, and environmental justice Dr Caroline Mullen

Accessibility analysis for transport equity Dr Ian Philips 

Workshop Day 3: Perspectives for transport and society

Tuesday, 28/06/2016, 15.30-17.30

Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (1.32)

Towards an efficient and equitable mobility Dr Eduardo A. Vasconcellos The existing political and economic barriers to the complex changes in the urban mobility patterns. It explores what could be proposed or implemented to improve the level of equity and efficiency on people’s mobility.

Closing debate

Dr Eduardo A. Vasconcellos (ANTP)

Dr Sara Gonzalez (School of Geography)

Moderation: Professor Karen Lucas (Institute for Transport Studies)


All sessions are free and open to the general public. You can attend all three sessions or just the sessions of your interest.

If you have questions or are planning to attend, please inform to the following emails for catering purposes: Thiago Guimarães tstger(at) or Alvaro Guzmants09ang(at)