In recent years, cycling has experienced an unprecedented renaissance in the UK. With support from high profile politicians, such as the London Mayor, increased funding allocations and growing recognition of the societal value of take-up, cycling can be expected to maintain its place in the public spotlight.
However, it isn’t all good news – cycling participation in the UK remains low compared to other European countries, and fears over road safety and a sometimes poor image contribute to significant gender, race and socio-economic variations in participation levels.
Additionally, Retro-fitting high quality cycling infrastructure is a significant challenge for engineers. Restricted space, UK driving rules and culture and political support are key challenges.
The increasing concerns over reducing road congestion and carbon emissions, and the desire to promote public health and fitness, are some of the factors why cycling is frequently encouraged as a sustainable mode of transport. This course investigates policy, technical and societal issues underpinning current cycling levels and explores proven methods of increasing cycling participation rates and take-up on the ground.
These courses have been developed to explore the different approaches that can be taken to ensure that cycling feels safe and convenient.
Cycling for Transport
This course is designed to provide a solid introduction to cycling considerations and is suitable for professionals working in the fields of transport planning, transport policy, highway engineering, road safety, public health, or with managerial responsibility for these roles. It will also be of interest to people addressing cycling and transport issues within the third sector and academia. 20 – 21 March 2018 – London
This course is designed for traffic and highway engineers who need to learn more about the principles of designing for cyclists. It will also benefit those who shape the environment through planning and street design. 15 May 2018 – London