Cycle City, Active City Conference

Cycle City, Active City Conference

Our managing director Phil Jones gave two presentations to a captive audience at this year's 'Cycle City, Active City' conference in Leicester.

 

Over 800 delegates came to the 2-day event to hear from some of the foremost minds in transport and cycle planning, with the aim of working towards more walkable, bicycle-friendly and healthy communities in Great Britain and Ireland.

Phil introduced Highways England's new national standard on cycling infrastructure, part of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges produced by PJA in association with Professor John Parkin and Atkins. This will be mandatory for all Trunk Road schemes and will also set out good practice for local highway authorities.

In a separate session, Phil discussed the impending Department for Transport guidance on preparing 'Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans', written by PJA and WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff. Importantly, this guidance will be recommended to local authorities and LEPs by Government.

Phil said: “The event was very well attended and it was excellent to see how local authorities like Leicester, where we are working on improvements to the Golden Mile along Belgrave Road, are now taking positive steps to enable people to walk and cycle more. There was a lot of interest in our talks on the new standard on cycling infrastructure and the draft process for developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans.”

Other speakers at the Conference included Sir Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Transport, and Ian Drake, the CEO of British Cycling.

However, as PJA rapidly becomes the go-to consultant for cycling design, Phil's important contributions to the Conference undoubtedly left attendees more informed of current and future transport policy.

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