Now this is interesting stuff. Don’t read the LEP strategy or even any current Birmingham City Council strategies if you want to know what this might look like. Just listen to Julia King in the video opposite to see what we need to do and then come along to see Professor Miles Tight.
His lecture deals with how we will have to change the way we travel in the future. This is radical stuff; of much more value to debate than the heat generated by the wheelie bin argument in Birmingham currently. Previously at the University Leeds where he undertook forward looking research he showed a recent Lunar Society talk various scenarios; all of which involve us being more communal in transport terms and with less use of our cars.
As Miles says ‘many now recognise a need for large changes in the way we use and consume transport.’ Unfortunately this is not yet the case in the city and so I would encourage anyone who is at all interested in the transport agenda in cities to attend Miles’ inaugural lecture on Thursday May 16th at the University of Birmingham. Further details and registration links (here).
This is why the relative paucity of investment in intra urban public transport in this city is of real concern. When the future comes will we be ready?