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John Parkin’s presentation will compare and evaluate international principles and practices for designing for cycle traffic. It will set design for cycling in the wider context of public realm design, traffic planning, traffic engineering and traffic management. It will draw on UK, Dutch, Danish and North American principles, and provide an understanding of how effective design can create efficient transport systems that support economic vibrancy, social activity, and environmental sustainability. To ensure the creation of attractive and comfortable infrastructure for cyclists, a key theme will be the importance of understanding that a bicycle is a vehicle capable of speed and that it is important to make provision separate from provision for other road users.
Phil will provide a summary of the provisions of the Wales Active Travel Act, which placed a series of duties on local authorities to improve conditions for walking and cycling as part of their everyday tasks. He will summarise the Statutory Design Guidance and describe how it is being revised to take account of developments since it was published in 2014, including the forthcoming Local Transport Note on Cycle Infrastructure for DfT.
John worked for consulting engineers before joining academia. He has been involved in all stages of the promotion of transport schemes including policy formulation, modelling and forecasting, operational analysis and economic appraisal, design and construction, and evaluation. He has experience across all modes of transport and have a particular specialism in cycling.
Current projects include the evaluation of the West of England Access Fund transport interventions, the Venturer autonomous vehicle project trialing interactions with other road users, provision of human factors, forecasting demand for an on-demand taxi-bus service, and a National Institute for Health Research project to establish an Injury Research Centre in Nepal. He has been involved in developing design guidance for cycle traffic and training of highway and traffic engineers in relation to cycling.
Phil heads up the firm and 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 specialises in achieving synergy between highway and urban design, with the aim of creating places and spaces that meet aesthetic, social and functional aims. He advises a large number of private and public sector clients on transportation and infrastructure matters.
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