Designing for active urban travel.
We believe in giving something back to society. After all, society has helped to train engineers and it keeps us all in a job!
If you represent a walking or cycling group, or perhaps a community group which needs a little engineering help, we might be able to assist. We won’t be able to work miracles, but if you need an hour or two to discuss your project or if a talk about what is possible can help, then please contact us to see what we can do.
King Street Design Competition
A little while back, the Aberdeen Cycle Forum ran a competition inviting people to submit ideas on how King Street in Aberdeen could be modernised to provide protected cycling space. We submitted some ideas with a covering report setting out our vision and guess what? We won!
We are very pleased to be able to share our concept design and report which might help other people think about how their main streets could be changed. As you will read, there are some tricky design choices to be made and you may have your own opinions, but debate and discussion is a good thing.
The competition did come with a prize of a voucher to be spent with Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative and we are delighted to announce that this will be used to help our friends at Wheels for Wellbeing, who do so much to get help disabled people to get cycling and who campaign for our streets to be made accessible for disabled people who want to cycle.
Guest blog for Brake
Cycling, Gender and Experience Survey, General Results – Anna Watt
This survey was undertaken as part of dissertation for a MSc Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Birmingham. It focuses on the role of gender in cycle infrastructure preferences and the use of hi-vis and helmets. It asked respondents to select their top three routes types from a selection of ten for preference and safety. It also asked them about: the type of cycling they undertook; how long they had been cycling for; any cycle training they had received; their use of and views on hi-vis and helmets.
A summary of the headlines is below, as well as a link to the more detailed results. The survey was open to anyone who wished to participate and did not record any demographics (other than gender) or geographical location information. My thanks goes to everyone who took the time to complete the survey – 970 responses were received.
· There were 970 respondents to the survey, of whom 40% were female, 59% male and 1% ‘Other’ and ‘Prefer not to say’.
· There were more responses from men with higher levels of experience and more from women with no or little cycling experience.
· The research confirmed other London and worldwide research that although both genders have a preference for segregated routes (particularly off-road park, and on-road full kerb segregated), this preference is stronger in women. There was very little preference for canal-side routes.
· Perception of relative safety is more common across the genders than for route preference which indicates that factors other than safety come into play regarding preferred routes for men.
· The qualitative feedback indicates that the issue of directness appears to be more important for men than women which confirms research in other geographies. The issue of personal safety is a bigger factor for women than men.
· The effect of training, level of experience and type of cycling does not appear to increase a preference or safety rating for on-road routes. This has an implication for the reach of behavioural policy interventions in the absence of segregated route provision.
· There was no statistically significant difference in the stated use of helmets or hi-vis between the genders
In addition to this survey, policy interviews with the DfT and Birmingham City Council were carried out, as well as an observed behaviour survey in Birmingham, counting cyclists (by gender) on parallel routes with contrasting cycle infrastructure, and noted the use of hi-vis and helmets. A copy of the full dissertation can be obtained by contacting @TalkToAnnaWatt on Twitter or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inclusive Transport Strategy – Letter to local authorities
For those interested in the recent Government ‘pause’ in level surface streets, the letter which was sent to local authorities can be inclusive-transport-strategy-letter as a pdf.