How research is opening up London for cyclists

Cycle Superhighways give you safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city and could be your best and quickest way to get to work.

Cycle SuperHighways give you safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city and could be your  quickest way to get to work.

In this film ESRC researcher Rachel Aldred explains how her work at the University of Westminster helped Transport for London to expand Cycle SuperHighways across London. Her research on near misses has also helped to inform the infrastructure design to make cycling even safer and encourage more commuters onto their bikes.

The total number of cycling journeys rose by 5% to 610,000 a day in 2015 (TfL).

The total number of cycling journeys rose by 5% to 610,000 a day in 2015.

There is still work to do. Cycling equals around 2% of journeys in the UK where in some European countries it can be as high as 25%. Rachel received an ESRC Impact Award for helping to push cycling up the policy agenda in London.

 

Improving early literacy in Sheffield

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Sheffield’s Park Hill Estate

This short was one of six films featuring the award winners of the Economic and Social Research Council’s ‘Impact Awards’. Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s work aims to improve the life chances of young children from marginalised backgrounds by helping parents with the skills needed to develop reading and writing.

The project has had remarkable results and has been replicated across the UK and developing countries.

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Helping mothers with simple literacy skills at home significantly accelerates childrens’ reading development.

I spent a day with Cathy and some of the people working on the project at the nursery within Sheffield’s Park Hill estate. It was a humbling and uplifting day watching dedicated people and seeing the impact Cathy’s work had on the children.

Yousef can now write his now name.

Yousef can now write his own name.