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ICE Strategy Session – How will the Walking and Cycling piece fit into the post-Covid jigsaw? online

  • Lecture
  • Online
  • 22 September 2020
  • 09:00 - 10:30
ICE Strategy Session – How will the Walking and Cycling piece fit into the post-Covid jigsaw? online

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Are there no 'limits to growth' for Walking and Cycling?

The UK Government announced in May £2bn of new funding for cycling and walking – representing a six-fold increase in dedicated funding, the biggest increase this country has ever seen. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the funding would pay for thousands of miles of protected bike lanes so anyone can ride safely; low-traffic neighbourhoods to stop rat-running and make it easier to walk and cycle; bus and bike corridors on some main roads; and funding for a massive rise in e-bikes, all of which will open-up cycling to more and different people and make places better for everyone.

The ambition is clear. We have a unique opportunity to transform the role cycling and walking can play in our transport system, and get England moving differently.

The recent COVID-19 restrictions have profoundly impacted the way people live, work and travel as evidenced by the public’s desire to be more active, and the rise in popularity of cycling and walking. Now, we can embed those changes in people’s travel behaviour, increase active travel, and transform permanently how many people move around, particularly in towns and cities.

ICE firmly supports the ambition. A key recommendation in ICE’s August White Paper The impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s future infrastructure provision was that new infrastructure investments in the short and medium term, particularly as part of any stimulus, should focus on greater active travel (cycling and walking) alongside accelerating the roll-out of both full-fibre and 5G communications infrastructure.

But the engineering challenge is huge. People need to feel safe to get on their bike; and cycling fatalities are growing in some of our towns and cities. Cycling also needs to be speedy and easy; routes need to be joined up and easy to use. And other users of road space cannot be neglected; our towns and cities are already congested and routes need to meet the cyclist need without unduly disrupting others.

This event is the latest in the new series of digitally-delivered ICE Strategy Sessions This Strategy Session will bring together some of the key figures responsible for increasing active travel in some of Britain’s biggest towns and cities and will hear from those with international success stories to share.

It will take place on World Car Free Day, when all around the world towns and cities allow people to experience streets free of motor traffic.

Find out what our experts think will happen in the post-Covid world, now that active travel is commonplace and the commute is on the decline.


09.00 – ICE President Paul Sheffield – Chair’s introduction
09.05 – Phil Jones, Engineering Consultant and Chairman, Phil Jones Associates – will explain Active Travel England and its remit, Local Transport Note 1/20 on Cycle Infrastructure, funding for ‘pop-up’ cycling and walking facilities while also assessing whether the active travel increase during lockdown will be permanent.
09.15 – Alan Bunting, Head of Development Delivery, British Land – will look at developing in a post-Covid world, developers’ considerations around active travel and what the future of work means for developers’ travel considerations.
09.25 – Mary Creagh, CEO, Living Streets – is to analyse how best to create a walking nation, the impact of government policies on environmental issues and corporate, environmentally responsible business practices.
09.35 – Susan Claris, Transport Planner, Arup – will focus on improving governance, planning and decision making as well as creating better places for everyone to walk and cycle in and welcoming and supporting people to walk and cycle.
09.45 – Henriette Vamberg, Partner and Managing Director CPH, Gehl – is to explore the creation of liveable cities, the vital role that walking, cycling and public spaces play in city transformations, as well as strategies for reducing traffic dominance.
09.55 – Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner, Sheffield City Region – will discuss her role of Active Travel Commissioner for Sheffield City Region, Mayoral activity to increase active travel, improving road safety for bikes, Sheffield’s active travel challenges plus lessons for elsewhere.
10.05 – Panel Q&A with speakers.
10.25 – Chairs summary
10.30 – Close

Following the event, the speakers were given a chance to answer more audience questions, and these 13 questions, are available in the document 'Answered Questions' below, under Download Event Materials.


Dame Sarah Storey

Dame Sarah Storey

Active Travel Commissioner

Sarah Storey was a world-class swimmer for twelve years. After winning 16 Paralympic medals, five of which were gold, she moved to cycling where she won another nine golds, four of them at London 2012 where she became one of the heroines of the games. She is now Britain’s most successful female Paralympian of all time with a total of 14 gold medals.

Born without a functioning left hand, Sarah pursued her love of swimming to the point where, at just 14, she qualified for her first Paralympic Games in Barcelona. She took home two golds, three silvers and a bronze from Spain and competed at the next two Paralympics. She won 20 gold medals across various championships and broke 41 world records along the way.

Leaving swimming behind, Sarah moved to cycling and proved even more successful. She took a double gold at the Beijing games. At the Commonwealth Games in India she became the first disabled cyclist to compete in the able-bodied England team. She also won and defended her title as national 3km track pursuit champion, again competing against able-bodied athletes.

At London 2012, Sarah was the toast of the velodrome and road race track as she took four more gold medals and became one of the faces of the games. Four years later in Rio she surpassed Tanni Grey-Thompson as Britain’s most successful female Paralympian.

In presentations Sarah explains that in her business the smallest margins can make the difference between winning and losing. She looks at some of the innovations that have helped her in training and performance. She shows what it takes to push both body and mind to the limit to succeed, even when the odds are against you. Away from the track, Sarah is also a member of the International Paralympic Committee Athletes' Council.

As Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region, Sarah works to make South Yorkshire a place where more people travel by foot, on bikes or using public transport.



Engineering Consultant and Chair

Phil heads up his own 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.

Alan Bunting

Alan Bunting

Head of Development Delivery

Alan is responsible for the coordination of BL development delivery activities including project procurement, contractor & consultant selection, technical briefing, development H&S, programme and project delivery.

Alan leads a team of Project Directors and Executives in the design, procurement, construction and handover of BL developments.

Mary Creagh

Mary Creagh

Chief Executive Officer

Mary is Living Streets’ new Chief Executive Officer from September 2020. Living Streets is a charity for championing pedestrians.

Mary has over 20 years’ experience campaigning for environmental and social justice, and over 14 years as an MP. She has served as a Labour Councillor, Government Whip, Shadow Cabinet Minister and Select Committee Chair.

She is Visiting Professor at Cranfield University, and Chair of Responsible Business Practice at Lexington Communications.

Paul Sheffield

Paul Sheffield


Paul studied civil engineering at the University of Surrey graduating in 1983, becoming Chartered in 1987.

Following graduation, he spent 31 years with the Kier Group, initially working on a wide range of civil engineering and construction projects in various parts of the world including a gold mine in Papua New Guinea, a commercial development in London, a concrete gravity dam in Snowdonia where he was the Chief Engineer and latterly as Project Director on a power station in Hertfordshire, a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia and underground railways in Hong Kong.

Between 2005 and 2010 he was on the Board of Kier with responsibility for their global civil engineering and construction activities and from 2010 to 2014 he was CEO of the Group with overall revenues of £3bn and activities spanning construction, support services, property development and high rise residential.

In 2014 he joined Laing O’Rourke to head their UK and Middle East construction business with close involvement in major infrastructure and construction projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnels and Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and various hospitals, schools, retail and residential projects.

Paul is currently a non-executive Director of Southern Water Services and is on the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Construction Group BAM. He is also an Industrial Advisor to the Board of Manchester Airport Group working on their capital expansion work at both Manchester and Stansted airports. He is a chartered engineer, an ICE Fellow and President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to construction and charitable fundraising.

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

Transport Planner

Susan is a transport planner and an anthropologist who has worked for Arup for over 25 years. Susan is Arup’s global champion for active travel and she led the report “Towards a walking world” and co-authored the recent “Cycling for Everyone” report with Sustrans (https://www.arup.com/expertise/industry/walking-and-cycling).

She has spoken at numerous conferences and events and appeared in technical and national media over the years on the benefits of active travel, particularly walking. She gave evidence to the UK Government Transport Committee enquiry into active travel. Susan is also the Vice President of Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, and a trustee of the Charity.

Henriette Vamberg

Henriette Vamberg

Partner & Managing Director CPH

Henriette is passionate about Jan Gehl’s ideas and theories and works to promote ‘Cities for People’ by constantly developing and influencing the way we understand cities and how we can improve them for the people who spend their lives in them. Henriette’s work has primarily been focused on developing strategies which transform cities from being traffic dominated and with low levels of liveability, to cities that thrive and benefit from their existing potential.

Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with city governments, state governments, NGO’s and private land owners. Henriette has also lectured at a number of conferences over the years, where she primarily speaks about how to transform cities.

Henriette joined Gehl in 2000 when she graduated from Jan Gehl’s Department of Urban Design, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Architecture School. Being part of the office from the very early days has given Henriette the opportunity to help shape the office and the services that Gehl provides, as well as the office culture and the collective work environment. Henriette enjoys having work relations and friends in many places and life with Gehl has brought her to Europe, the USA, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and India developing a strong network of people with different backgrounds and insights.

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