Happy New Year! January is a time to make resolutions, which on an individual level usually involves a list of ways of things that make for a happier life, such as healthier eating, drinking less, not working weekends and making more time for friends and family. It usually takes less than a month for most of these ambitions to fall by the wayside.
On a professional level, the need to create schedules and features lists means there are structures that mean, as in normal years, what is planned in January has, by and large, been achieved by the time next year’s timetable needs to be signed off.
However, it has been a little while since we have had a normal year. For a couple of years the pandemic played havoc with work schedules, especially with regard to live events. While COVID is still a fact of life, the efficacy of vaccines and public health interventions have enabled a return to something resembling everyday life.
Despite this, it must be admitted that 2023 has started in a somewhat stuttering fashion due to the current cycle of strikes and economic uncertainties associated with the cost of living crisis and ongoing war in Ukraine. Winter is a dark time, but the best approach is to work on the basis that things will better as the days lengthen and warm up (though too mild weather at the gateway to the year is maybe a cause for concern).
Setting worries about the premature blossoming of flowers aside, it is in a spirit of optimism that I am pleased to usher in 2023 by presenting you with January’s Parking Review and the latest edition of its sister title, EVolution.
Over the next 12 months, both magazines and their websites will continue to report on the latest developments in what are fast developing, and closely connected, policy and business sectors.
In writing and editing both journals, I am struck by the vast range of themes that we cover, including (to name a few) traffic management, digitising services, air quality, decarbonisation, accessibility, active travel, road safety, urban design and rethinking retail.
Meanwhile, I am working with my colleagues at Landor LINKS to deliver a year of engaging, expert and entertaining events including School Streets, Mobility Hubs, The Enforcement Summit, Traffic + Parking and, best of all, the British Parking Awards 2023. And if we get the catering right, maybe I can keep my pledges to eat healthier among my friends in the parking family!
Mark Moran is the editor of Parking Review and EVolution magazines
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