A row of public bikes in London

The focus of this work is to identify effective interventions to increase active travel (walking, cycling and public transport) as a means of increasing physical activity levels, reducing overweight, decreasing air pollution and contributing to a low carbon future globally. Much of our research on low carbon futures in this area is conducted in collaboration with colleagues from the Grantham Institute at Imperial College.

Research focus

Identifying effective interventions to increase active travel; learning from natural experiments conducted internationally to increase active travel; modelling the health, economic and greenhouse gas emission impacts of different transport policy options. 

Country focus: England, Brazil, India

Key findings

This project has so far identified levels of take-up of the free bus pass for older people and the extent to which these contribute to increased levels of physical activity. We have also produced early evidence that the bus pass may reduce the risk of becoming obese among older people, as well as identifying as higher levels of physical activity and quicker walker speeds among persons with the bus pass. This work has been featured in the popular press as well as being shared with colleagues in the Department of Transport and Department of Health.