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UNIVERSITIES TRAVELSMART RESOURCE KIT, 2003

Universities TravelSmart Resource Kit

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Welcome

This Resource Kit provides information about planning and implementing travel demand management (TDM) strategies in a university context. The kit promotes strategies for reducing the number of car trips and increasing the proportion of travel by more sustainable modes including walking, cycling, public transport and ride sharing.

How to Use this Kit

This Resource Kit contains three parts, or action steps:

Step 1: Understanding the issues

Outlines the benefits and costs to the university and the individual of adopting TDM Plans. This is set in the wider context of how these plans relate to 'big picture' transport problems. The challenges faced by universities in becoming TravelSmart are also outlined.

Step 2: Finding the "champions"

Outlines how to initiate university TDM Plans, and who should lead and participate.

Step 3: Taking Action and Getting Outcomes

This section provides a practical 'how-to guide' including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

A number of examples of good practice in universities are also provided. You can click on these from here. A list of selected references is also provided.

The Big Picture

More information about the big picture of where TravelSmart comes from and how it relates to addressing our transport problems can be found at www.travelsmart.gov.au/training/bigpic.html

Purpose and Structure of this Resource Kit

This Resource Kit provides information about planning and implementing travel demand management (TDM) strategies in a university context. The kit promotes strategies for reducing the number of car trips and increasing the proportion of travel by more sustainable modes including walking, cycling, public transport and ride sharing.

The benefits from less car travel go to individuals and the community and include reduced travel and accident cost, improved health and fitness and improved health outcomes from improved air quality (Transport 1999; Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics 2002; Catford 2003).

Universities are major trip generators with a large proportion of travel by car. Often the location of universities on large suburban sites means poor accessibility for non-car transport modes. Travel to universities is also influenced by their extended hours of operation, fixed lecture timetables that create morning and afternoon travel 'peaks' and staff schedules that can vary significantly. Staff and students are often 'time poor', student travel is constrained by cost and influenced by work and family commitments. Diversity of ages, lifestyles, cultures and occupations contributes to complex university travel patterns and is a special challenge to implementing TravelSmart practices.

This kit will be of value to a variety of groups within universities including administrators, student and academic organisations and state and local government.

About the Authors

This Resource Kit has been produced by the Australian Government through Carey Curtis and Carlindi Holling from the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PaTReC) at Curtin University. The project was managed by PaTReC, a research centre jointly operated by the four public Universities in Western Australia - Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia.

Carey Curtis is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University. She is a Commissioner on the Western Australian Planning Commission, and also on the Transport Committee of the Commission. Her research interests focus on sustainable transport and include the areas of transport policy, travel behaviour, travel demand management, land use and transport integration. Carey is a member of the Planning Institute Australia and the Royal Town Planning Institute, UK.

Carlindi Holling has worked on this project as a research assistant with the Planning and Transport Research Centre. She is a final year Honours student in Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University. Her research interests specialise in transport planning, including transport management plans and travel accessibility to local centres.

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