Combo Travel: Active and motorised modes working better together

08 June 2021

This paper considers the concept of Combo Travel: human-powered mobility in combination with a motorised mode as an enabler of healthier lifestyles and lower carbon journeys.

Most journeys by motorised modes ( bus, train, tube, car, van etc.) also involve some element of human-powered mobility at either end – from a few steps to the front door from a parked car, to a cycle ride to the train station. Combo Travel goes further by explicitly seeking to optimise for and increase the active aspect of everyday journeys and commutes.

Combo Travel is distinct from the popularised concept of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). Combo Travel is specifically focused on encouraging and enabling active travel; whereas MaaS is largely focused upon selling access to (motorised) mobility. Combo Travel (independently or as part of an evolution of MaaS) could be a significant ingredient to future transport because of the multiple policy priorities that it could help to address. In this sense it might be considered a ‘super-policy’: supporting public health, supporting motorised transport services, supporting transport decarbonisation and promoting economic prosperity.

This paper is the result of a piece of work by Glenn Lyons and Scott Cain for, and with, Karla Jakeman of Innovate UK. The paper has been produced in its final form by designers on behalf of Innovate UK. It has been agreed with Karla Jakeman that the paper should be hosted on the UWE research repository.

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