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Join ICE West Midlands Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country (BSBC) Branch for a presentation on the Covid-19 pandemic and the substantial demand for cycling that followed.
Soon after the start of the first lockdown, the UK Government urged local authorities to reallocate road space to active travel. This resulted in the rapid rolling out of pop-up cycle lanes, pavement widening and modal filters to create ‘low traffic neighbourhoods’. This advice was followed in July 2020 by ‘Gear Change’, a strong policy statement instructing local authorities to provide better walking and cycling infrastructure. It also committed Government to establishing Active Travel England.
Covid-19 brought many challenges and changes but the rapid and significant growth in cycling, that took place across the UK during the spring and summer of 2020, was one of the more positive outcomes of the pandemic.
Phil Jones, Chairman and Founder of PJA, will summarise the recent developments and look how transport planning and design will need to respond to challenges and opportunities of the post-Covid world.
Phil is a Chairman and Founder of PJA, the leading independent transport, engineering and placemaking consultancy with offices in the UK and Australia.
He has over 30 years’ experience in the planning and design of development infrastructure, with particular expertise in traffic analysis, transport planning and highway design.
Phil has co-authored numerous government policies promoting placemaking principles, support for active travel and low speed design standards. These include Local Transport Note 1/20 Cycle Infrastructure Design, which the UK government launched in July 2020 during the early stages of the Covid-19 crisis. It sets out local authority guidance for high quality cycling schemes and infrastructure, with standards enforced by a new inspectorate Active Travel England, led by a new national cycling and walking commissioner.
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