TAP Perspectives Blog

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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, […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]