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NSW Government awards $1 million to fund research into young driver behaviour to help make roads safer

Fantastic news from last week and a massive congratulations 🙌 🎉 to Urban Analytica Pty Ltd and the University of Melbourne who are taking great strides towards providing safer road 🛣 and transport 🚗 🚚 🏍 environments.

The provision of a tech-based solution to increase road safety is a necessity as proven by recent road accident statistics following the long Easter weekend.

Urban Analytica Pty Ltd's app contributes significantly to the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 3 (UN SDG 3) - Good Health and Well-Being which looks to ensure healthy lives for all age brackets.

This is a fantastic example of ingenuity and out-of-box thinking which can lead to a measurable impact on global 🌏 well-being.

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The Conversation

Australian passenger vehicle emission rates are 50% higher than the rest of the world – and it’s getting worse

Massive kudos to Dr. Robin Smit for collaborating on one of the latest International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) reports, , "How Australian Light-Duty Vehicle CO2 Emissions Compare With The Rest Of The World" 🎉 .

In partnership with Transport Energy / Emission Research (TER) some key findings for the Australian private transport sector were presented. Primarily, "Australian passenger vehicles are emitting 50% more carbon dioxide (CO₂) than the average of the world’s major markets."

What this means from a policy angle, as we approach 2030 and global aims to reduce emissions, is that we need higher fuel efficiency standards to assist in reducing our real world emissions.For a good synopsis on the topic, please follow the link below to the an article in the Conversation that well describes the findings of the ICCT report.

For the full report, please see another link below to the ICCT's website and follow the ⬇ download ⬇ instructions when you are brought to the landing page.

Link to ICCT Report, "How Australian Light-Duty Vehicle CO2 Emissions Compare With The Rest Of The World"

It's becoming quite critical at this juncture to be more aware of what we emit as we engage in daily activities such as private transportation. A collective effort will greatly benefit attempts to reduce our combined global emissions.

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MIROS Micromobility Reference Guide

The MRP is proud to have collaborated and co-authored the world’s first #micromobility 🛴 🛵 Reference Guide, for 🇲🇾 #malaysia 🇲🇾 , to support policy makers and governments introduce sustainable micromobility transport options in a safe, and sustainable manner. The guide is comprehensive, reflecting latest best practice, including sustainability metrics and considerations. We would welcome any enquiries to develop similar guides, since it is critical to ensure that any sustainable transport solutions based on micromobility implementations consider all stakeholders in a fair, enduring, and equitable manner. We congratulate the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), Better Cities Group, PLANMalaysia, and the Malaysian government in supporting this world first reference guide. Please find a link to the report below where you can ⬇ download ⬇ and review a copy on the MIROS website (click ⬇ muat-turun ⬇, which means download in bahasa malaysia).

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Climate and Health Alliance - Transport Decarbonisation and our Health

Clearing the Air: Transport Decarbonisation and our Health

The MRP, with Charles Darwin University's doctoral candidate Ferdinand Balfoort and University of Melbourne's Dr. Mark Stevenson are pleased to have contributed to this latest CAHA report on transport decarbonisation and our health. Australia's motor cities are making us sick. We are proud to join 19 other health organisations in calling for a transport system which is better for our health and better for the climate. The Australian government has the opportunity to deliver a healthier transport system, which delivers clean air and community connection across Australia.

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M2050 by Lyko

Allianz France-CSA Barometer 2023 : E-scooters once again the target of criticism…

MRP notes that the reliance on ICE and Personal EV / SUV will continue as long as infrastructure and policies are not calibrated to accommodate safe mixed-use of different transport options. This is the same story, the world over.

This points to the teamwork required between all stakeholders as we have outlined in previous weeks' posts. Increasing the uptake of more sustainable transport modes will require further public investment into policy and infrastructure which will lead to higher community adoption.

“While 9 out of 10 French people drive at least one type of vehicle (car, motorbike, MPV, bicycle, etc.), 84% use a car. Of these, 81% use it at least once a month… A high figure, with no great surprises, but on deeper analysis it points to the gradual development of mixed-use.”

Our concern is that gradual development can seem at times glacial in the extreme, as we see continued temperature increases globally. These are issues that we need to look at more closely and adapt to more rapidly, in the near-term.

It's also worth noting that micromobility and sustainable transport is just one sector in which we have to adapt. There are many others that need similar attention. Considered in this scope, there's a lot to do!

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