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Spaces for People – supporting people and authorities develop people-focused change, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 23 September 2021
  • 18:00 - 19:00
Spaces for People – supporting people and authorities develop people-focused change, online

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As the Covid-19 pandemic started in March 2020 people, in particular vulnerable people, found themselves with limited options to get out and feel safe outside in the built-environment.  Sustrans Scotland would like to tell the story of how we worked quickly to develop a temporary infrastructure programme which offered funding (circa £40m) and specialist support services to local authorities to change streetscapes making it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise. 
The programme granted access to various skillsets, including designers, transport planners, engineers, and communication and engagement professionals, to enable change-makers to implement measures focused on protecting public health and supporting physical distancing. 
This programme, and the swift nature of its arrival and the fast mobilisation of the support services, allowed bodies across Scotland to provide temporary walking and cycling infrastructure that enabled safer essential journeys and exercise for everyone, focusing in particular where there was space constraints or user safety concerns.  These priorities included journeys to and from hospitals and health services, shops, pharmacies, schools, and for returning workplaces.  And the resulting measures included;
  • provision of temporary infrastructure for walking, cycling and wheeling (pop-up cycle networks)
  • changes to the built environment that supports safe active travel for essential journeys (roll out of 20mph zones)
  • rapid delivery to show the shorter timelines for real change is possible (short-circuiting bureaucracy)
  • and monitoring and evaluation to support the ongoing assessment and improvement of the changes (the journey to permanence)
 Where schemes have been successful Sustrans are encouraging and supporting the evolution to permanent infrastructure, and have developed design guidance to help outline this transition from quick and ready works, to intermediate and more stable solutions, to a permanent change to the streetscape that reimagines how we shape our urban centres and travel corridors. 

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Paul Cronin, Principal Engineer, Design & Engineering Department

Sustrans Scotland
Paul is an Incorporated Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Highway Engineers with over 14 years’ experience in investigation, design, maintenance, and construction projects.  Paul is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, which highlights the breadth of experience he has in the transport sector.  This is illustrated further by his position on the Board of Directors at Tactran. 
As a Sustrans Principal Engineer, Paul leads the Engineering Team and manages the delivery of the Engineering Programme of Works.  He joined the Charity in 2015 working as a project director/manager, designer and technical resource for a variety of Active Travel infrastructure projects.  These projects included new routes/links, capital improvements and maintenance initiatives, focusing on quality, health and safety, and inclusive design principles (articulated as a speaker at Velo-City in 2019). 
Prior to Sustrans Paul’s experience primarily related to the transport sector.  This included 6 years with Strategic Road Safety Teams; accident investigation and prevention schemes alongside strategic route reviews across the trunk road network.  In addition to experience with local authorities in Ireland, particularly within the water services sector. 

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Lynn Dow

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