Engineering a cycling revolution, London

6 July, 2015 | 18:00 - 20:00

Engineering a cycling revolution, London

About this event

The past two years has seen major investment in both trunk road (via cycle proofing) and urban road networks to promote cycling (via the cycle city ambition funding).

But the conditions for cycling need to be right: the bicycle is a vehicle capable of speed and hence all the usual highway and traffic engineering measures for these specific types of vehicle need to be satisfied. In addition, because the rider is exposed to the environment, routes need to be attractive, comfortable and safe.

There has been a lot of work ensuring guidelines are fit for purpose (including the London guidelines, Welsh guidance issued in 2014 and revisions to the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges).

This lecture will discuss the nature of highways and traffic engineering that will help create the environment to accommodate large volumes of cycle traffic in urban areas.


Phil Jones, Managing Director, Phil Jones Associates
Peter Murray, New London Architecture
Dr Claudia Penaranda, Principal Technical Specialist for Cycling, Transport for London
Dr Alexander Longdon, Cycling Strategy Planner, Transport for London
Prof. John Parkin, Professor of Transport Engineering, UWE Bristol (Chair)


Peter Murray: Peter Murray is chairman of NLA - London's Centre for the Built Environment. He trained as an architect but has spent his career in writing and communicating ideas in architecture rather than practising it.

He was formerly editor of Building Design magazine and of the RIBA Journal, and founder publisher of Blueprint. He is also chairman of Wordsearch, the global communications agency specialising in architecture, real estate and placemaking.

He is founder chairman of the London Festival of Architecture, author of numerous books including Living Bridges, The Saga of Sydney Opera House and Architecture and Commerce. In 2013 he cycled across the US and UK with a team of architects and planners studying the way that cities are dealing with the shifting relationship between active transportation and the automobile.

Phil Jones: Phil has over 25 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.

Phil is an acknowledged expert on Home Zones, and was part of the team that produced Manual for Streets and Manual for Streets 2. He has carried out research into residential parking for DCLG and is leading further research in this area for several local authorities. Phil is also a member of the CABE Space Enabling Panel and the CIHT Urban Design Group.

John Parkin: Professor of Transport Engineering at University of the West of England. John provides academic leadership at the interface between transport engineering and CTS's established niche of applying social and behavioural sciences to mobility problems.

As well as covering the full range of traditional civil engineering practice, John also brings an interesting research portfolio of internationally-leading scholarship in respect of design and management for active travel, in particular cycling. He will offer research leadership capacity particularly in respect of CTS's established research themes on the promotion of low carbon active travel, the evaluation of sustainable mobility initiatives and understanding travel behaviour.