TAP Perspectives Blog

    By Antonio Comi, University of Rome Tor Vergata Many cities have started to understand and address the challenges associated with urban goods mobility issues by developing urban goods mobility visions and strategies, as well as implementing actions, for goods transportation at a region or city level. However, comprehensive strategies for … Read more
  • Scenarios and uncertain futures for accessibility in urban and regional planning – The practitioners’ reflections
    By Jonas Bylund, Marcus Adolphson, Tony Svensson, and Jacob Witzell, KTH Royal Institute of Technology While the TAP project departure assumption point that integrated accessibility regarding land use, digitalisation, and mobility is a complex issue for planning practitioners, the Swedish planning practitioners in Norrköping seemed to relish the opportunity to … Read more
  • A citizen-centred conversation about the future of triple access
    Glenn Lyons, UWE Bristol / Mott MacDonald Within the TAP project, Mott MacDonald has been helping us explore with academics and practitioners how Triple Access Planning can be applied through an online interactive workshop called the FUTURES Relay. FUTURES is a six-stage vision-led approach to strategic planning for an uncertain … Read more
  • Participatory game design for learning
    Maha Attia, Sander Lenferink and Vincent Marchau, Radboud University A goal of the TAP for uncertainty project is to offer support for planners in dealing with uncertainty, specifically for an integrated system of proximity, mobility and digital accessibility. In order to offer support for planners, we aim to develop and … Read more
  • Shadow planning excercise in Nova Gorica, Slovenia – A step forward developing future scenarios as a part of SUMP development process
    Luka Mladenovič, UIRS, January 2023 Nova Gorica is a mid-sized city on the western edge of Slovenia, right on the border with Italy. It is a young city, founded not more than 70 years ago. That is less than a person’s lifetime. But during this time, it has had an … Read more
  • Pointing out the shopping behaviour for promoting sustainability in urban areas
    Gianfranco Fancello and Francesco Piras, University of Cagliari Over the last years, pushed by the fasted-paced evolution of services provided by the online websites and changes in people’s lifestyles, there has been a growth in the number of last-mile operations and deliveries, which contribute to congestion, road safety and pollution … Read more
  • A TAP lab with planning practice – the case of Norrköping
    Jonas Bylund, Tony Svensson and Jacob Witzell, KTH Royal Institute of Technology In the Swedish part of the Triple Access Planning for Uncertain Futures Project explores ways to inject triple access planning (TAP) into urban and regional (transport and comprehensive) planning by way of co-creative scenario development workshops with planning … Read more
  • Complex Projects – The Value of an Outsider’s Perspective
    Introduction by Stephen Cragg An outsider’s perspective on complex projects Developing and then looking to deliver a plan to shape the future of urban mobility is a complex business. Imagine adding to that the need to consider how the transport system, land use system and telecommunications systems interact to affect … Read more
  • The benefits of TAP approach in planning urban freight distribution
    The freight urban transport, finalised to satisfy the demand for goods and services in urban areas, due to: can be described/represented through the notion of Triple Access System (TAS). In fact, it is now well known that, in order to identify adequate solutions for the whole urban mobility system, the … Read more
  • Digital Accessibility in Urban Mobility Planning
    Many people across Europe and beyond now take for granted that the digital age is integral to their lives, offering the ability to reach people, goods, employment, services and opportunities through online facilities. Digital accessibility is happening all around us. Yet remarkably when we turn attention to transport planning, urban … Read more
  • Transport policymaking under (deep) uncertainty: new knowledge or think differently?
    Urban transport is facing an increasing number of problems. Increasing urbanization, lifestyle changes, and growing use of the private car, have placed the mobility of persons and transportation of goods under pressure in many cities. Traditional policies, including new infrastructures, park-and-ride facilities, improved public transport, road pricing, time-frames for goods … Read more
  • Be (a)ware of context!
    A Note on the Importance of Institutional Aspects in Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning for Triple Access and Uncertainty  Examining institutional aspects in the SUMP framework  Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) has been developed and applied throughout the EU during the 2010s, supported by a set of planning guidelines (Rupprecht Consult, … Read more
  • Testing urban mobility plans against uncertain futures: Findings from a participatory workshop
    By considering urban mobility in terms of accessibility, not only transport systems are important but also spatial configurations and digital infrastructure. In other words, when we talk about accessibility, we have to consider a dynamic system of physical transport, land use, and digital interaction. Many uncertainties surround such a system … Read more
  • Uncertainty and the EU SUMP Guidelines – more to consider?
    It’s getting on for three years since the EU SUMP Guidelines (Rupprecht Consult, 2019, produced for the European Commission) were published and if there’s one thing that’s become more obvious in that time than it was back then, it’s that we live in an uncertain world.  There are changes, such … Read more
  • System Thinking: a powerful tool to Triple Access Planning
    I have been working as a researcher in sustainable transport and new technologies for the last seven years, and in the last couple of years I had the opportunity to work on research projects that explored the future of transport systems, including the role of digitalisation, new technologies and decarbonisation. … Read more
  • TAPping into a changing world
    The term ‘Triple Access Planning’ (TAP) seems to be gaining traction. Triple access is about recognising, understanding and shaping the world in which we live – a world in which there are three means to access people, goods, jobs, services and opportunities: physical mobility (transport system), spatial proximity (land use … Read more
  • Rethinking Appraisal and Prioritisation of Transport Infrastructure Investment
    When I started my career in transport one of the areas I had to learn about first was basic economics. When I started working for the government, I then started to learn about politics. I saw lots of politicians studied PPE – Philosophy, Politics and Economics, so I decided I … Read more
  • Shifting mobility trends in a fast changing world mean that transport planners have to get to grips with uncertainty
    The way in which citizens move around cities and regions across the globe has been changing in ways that were not anticipated and has left public authorities unsure how to plan transport infrastructure and services. I chaired a working group of the International Transport Forum which looked at why we … Read more
  • Discovering the ‘sweet spot’ of Triple Access Planning
    Travel is a derived demand. Ah, yes, we often remind ourselves of this – and we seem to manage to derive an awful lot of it by how we plan (take a look at the monstrous Thanksgiving jam in LA of 12+ lanes of bumper-to-bumper vehicles). But, as any good … Read more